Breakthrough on permanent employment in Payroll!
Last month payroll delegates and I met with Director-General Mr Michael Walsh about temporary employment and the future of payroll services who committed to coming up with a proposal to address these concerns.
Last week, Gary Uhlmann CEO HSQ and Philip Hood Executive Director Payroll Portfolio met with payroll delegates and proposed a temporary to permanent conversion program within payroll.
The Department has agreed to permanently appoint approximately 92 payroll positions which are currently filled temporarily, through temporary contracts, higher duties or agency staff including 24 temporary positions. They propose to fill these positions through the following mechanisms:
- Fill 18 positions in the Payroll Recovery Services team using existing order-of-merit lists from previous merit based recruitment processes under section 9.6 Recurring Vacancies, Directive 15/13 – Recruitment and Selection.
- For the other 74 positions, conduct closed merit recruitment processes limited to the current occupant/s of the role with more than one year’s continuous service in the same or similar role, as at 25 May 2016. The occupants of the role may be temporary employees, recruitment agency staff, or relieving permanent officers.
- For any of the 74 positions remaining unfilled after point 2 above, conduct open merit recruitment processes.
Positions to be filled in this way must be substantively vacant (that is, there is not a permanent person who "owns" the role), funded and ongoing and employees requiring placement must be considered for permanent roles as required by the relevant directive.
This is a fantastic outcome for temporary employees in those roles, for all payroll staff and for the Queensland Health staff who rely on you every fortnight. This proposal has only come about as a result of your activity as members.
There is more work to do in the implementation of this process and building on this progress to ensure a long term permanent payroll workforce.
We will be visiting payroll hubs over the next few weeks speaking with members about this proposal, getting your feedback and confirming temporary, higher duties and agency number in each payroll hub. We will also be discussing the upcoming bargaining for you wages and conditions.