KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 4, 2018 - Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Wednesday afternoon raised questions about how the compensation package for Petrojam's Human Resources Manager increased by about $2 million within the first two months of her joining the entity.
Human Resources Manager Yolande Ramharrack's salary was increased from approximately $10 million to a little more than $13 million shortly after she assumed the position last year February.
This is inclusive of basic pay, duty allowance, discomfort allowance and travelling, she explained during the PAAC sitting.
Telroy Morgan, Acting Manager of Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, was also questioned about the movement in Ms. Ramharrack's salary.
Mr. Morgon, who was asked whether it was the norm for the salary of staff members to increase in such a short period of time, noted that typically, workers enter at the bottom and work their way up through merit increases year by year, based on their performance appraisal.
It was revealed that Ms Ramharrack's predecessor Rosalee Marie Scott was receiving $9.8 million when she was dismissed from the post in late 2016.
The PAAC meeting also revealed a discrepancy in the reported qualifications of the current Human Resources Manager.
In defending the salary paid to the HR manager three weeks ago, Floyd Grindley, Petrojam's general manager, said she held a master's degree.
However, the PAAC was told Wednesday by Telroy Morgan, Petrojam's Acting Manager of Refinery Optimization and Business Support, that the new HR manager's highest tertiary qualification is a bachelor's degree.
He said she was considered qualified for the job as she had received several professional certificates since obtaining her first degree.
But PAAC Chairman Dr. Wykeham McNeill was not satisfied with the explanation, arguing that the previous HR manager was let go although she held a master's degree.
Still, Marisa Dalrymple Philibert, government member on the PAAC, insisted university certification was not the most important factor considered in the hiring process.
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