Pay, incentive schemes 

Pay and development of the pay system 

The pay policy in central government is mostly uniform but also partly based on the starting points, needs and applications of the different government agencies. Each agency has its own pay system. The pay systems form a basis for motivating, competitive and fair rewarding. 

The application and development of pay policy and the government pay systems are aimed at 

  • promoting the realisation of the employer’s pay policy and agreement policy 
  • enabling the use of rewarding as a tool for effective management and operation 
  • enhancing the use of the other means of rewarding in addition to pay systems 
  • ensuring that the pay system used in the central government is competitive so that competent personnel is available and will remain in service 
  • ensuring equal pay for men and women 

In collective bargaining activities, the creation and development of pay systems is the most important form of collective agreement at the agency level in the central government. Agreements at the central level also play a key role in what direction pay policy and pay systems are developed in. In agency-specific agreements, agency-specific pay increases have been allocated to structural changes of pay systems, such as the development of the basic principles of task-specific and personal pay components, changes made to pay scales and the motivating grading of pay scales.

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