The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. currently has a total of 48 nonresident workers in various divisions that require their special skills and expertise, according to CUC chief financial officer Charles Warren.
Most of these non-U.S. workers are from the Philippines, he added.
A total of 41 skilled non-U.S. workers are currently assigned at the power division while four are with the water and wastewater division. CUC also has three nonresident staffers at its administration offices.
According to Warren, only six of these non-U.S. worker employees were given long-term employment contracts of up to three years; the rest, 42, are on one-year contracts.
Based on CUC records this fiscal year, it has a total of 365 personnel, including the 48 nonresident workers. All employees are paid using the agency’s revenue except for one who is funded by a federal grant.
Warren said that CUC’s average monthly personnel cost—including wages, overtime, and benefits—is about $957,000. This is about 10 percent of CUC’s total monthly expenses.
CUC had about 380 budgeted positions in fiscal year 2011, according to Warren. He expects this to go up in fiscal year 2014, to over 400.
“The [fiscal year] 2014 budget has about 424 positions budgeted. The growth in the number of positions is primarily related to the staffing required to run stipulated order mandated projects,” he told Saipan Tribune yesterday.
In determining its compensation for personnel, Warren said CUC is using the salary plan adopted pursuant to 4 CMC 8133 (c)(2). This plan has pay ranging from $12,584 to $162,461 per year.
“CUC currently has a procurement open for the development of a salary administration program, to include the development of a performance management rating and payment system. Among other things, the program will include an analysis of each position at CUC to determine the knowledge, skills and abilities required, in addition to a market salary survey used to determine appropriate pay ranges for each position,” said Warren. This procurement closes on Aug. 27.
“This salary administration program is to utilize a market salary survey to ensure that salaries for similar positions are comparable to other utilities,” he added.
The highest paid positions at the corporation are the top tier levels such as executive director, deputy directors, chief financial officer, chief engineer, and petroleum and compliance manager.