Government contractuals to get 2-year contract extension, pay hike, receive premiums

Here’s some good news to government contractuals or Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers.

They can now have longer extension of contracts, have equal opportunities for appointment to vacant positions and even chances of a pay hike.

Under the newly amended Joint Circular No.1, series of 2017, the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Commission on Audit (COA), and the Department of Budget and Management outlined better working conditions for government contractual workers.

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Page two of the Joint Circular

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Under the JC, agencies are now allowed to get new contracts of service (COS) and job order (JO) workers and to renew existing contracts for 2 years or until December 31, 2020.

Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of COS and JO workers will be “equivalent to the daily salary or wage of those in comparable positions in government.”

They can even receive a premium of up to 20% of their salary. The premium payment may be paid monthly, in lump sum, or in tranches, according to the contract they have with the government agency that hired them.

Qualified COS and JO workers should also be considered for appointment to vacant positions. But will be subject to existing civil service laws, rules, and regulations, and Merit Selection Plans approved by the CSC.

According to DBM, the 2-year extension of contracts will serve as “transitory period” while they finalize the rules and regulations of the implementation of the JO.