20 Jun 2011

Fiji explores ways to stem loss of skilled workers

4:38 am on 20 June 2011

Fiji's Public Service Commission is looking into how it can stem the flow of skilled workers.

Its permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand, says he is working on a new policy to find better ways to retain experienced staff in a mobile labour market.

He denies the retirement age of 55 in Fiji is a problem as there are specific provisions to keep people working, if required.

"We are not discarding retirees with scarce skills, they are largely re-engaged. So that's not an issue. The issue here is skills retention generally."

Mr Chand says Fiji is a small country with a limited pool of skilled people in certain areas, such as medicine and science.

He says part of the consultations for the new policy will look at possible incentives, including wage adjustments.