Vatican Employees to Get More Benefits

Offices Aim to Improve Treatment of Staff

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Employees at the Vatican are soon to enjoy more monetary remuneration for their dedication and professionalism.



A communiqué released today by the Vatican press office explained the conclusions of a meeting of heads of dicasteries and other heads of Vatican State and organizations associated with the Holy See or administratively dependent on APSA (Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See). The meeting was presided over by the Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

"The principal and most innovative measure concerns the new parameters for the payment of staff -- who are employed in a system of 10 functional levels -- and above all the introduction of 'classes of merit' within each individual level. This novelty brings an element of incentive and remuneration into the Vatican salary system, taking account -- within each individual functional level -- of factors such as dedication, professionalism, productivity and correctitude," the statement said.

It continued: "Other measures relate to management categories and to regulations concerning lay management personnel.

"All these measures will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2008, though the 'classes of merit' will be gradually applied over time.

"It should be recalled that, from Jan. 1, new measures for overtime payments will also come into effect, completing those introduced over the last few months.

"All these measures involve advantages for staff and, naturally, a greater outlay for the administrative offices, which are invited to follow wise management practices in order to be able to meet these new expenses, which are aimed at improving the treatment of staff."