State College of Florida employees may see more money in their paychecks next school year if a set of proposed raises and one-time wage and salary increases gets approved this summer.
Julie Jakway, SCF’s vice president of business and administrative services, rolled the package of increases out last week during an budget presentation to the college’s board of trustees and the public. She said the increases could boost pay for some employees by several percentage points. However, the maximum percentage is still being determined.
Proposed for the college’s 2016-17 budget is $500,000 in nonrecurring, performance-based pay, as well as approximately $260,000 earmarked for an annual raise.
The annual raise amount is equivalent to an average 1 percent increase for all college employees. Jakway said the increase will continue to be a feature of future budgets. The college’s workforce numbers about 450 employees.
The performance-based increases will be doled out as one-time payments to school employees. In her presentation, Jakway proposed potentially setting that amount at $750. For SCF workers earning $30,000, the amount represents a one-time, 2.75 percent increase. At $50,000, it is a 1.5 percent hike.
SCF employees who meet job performance evaluation criteria will be eligible to receive the one-time pay bump.
71 Percentage of SCF’s budget going to salaries, wagess and benefits
The money for the merit increases comes from state performance funding for the Florida College System. In all, State College of Florida received about $626,000 resulting from its performance in a points-based ranking among the state’s other public colleges.
Both wage increase amounts were proposed by school administration. The college’s board of trustees has final sign off on the expenditures.
If approved, the one-time performance-based pay raise would go to employees hired before the start of 2016. Employees hired before March 31 would be eligible for the smaller, recurring raise.
The budget Jakway presented last week includes a total of $38.9 million in wages, salaries and benefits for college employees. That amount is about 71 percent of the school’s total projected expenditures for the 2016-17 school year, according to budget documents.
Some future SCF employees may also see bigger paychecks coming their way. Citing difficulty the college has had filling some administrative and support positions at the college, Jakway presented several proposed wage and salary upgrades for existing positions, some of which are currently empty. She said the higher salaries may help attract more and better-qualified applicants.
For example, one proposed salary upgrade would boost the pay range for the college’s manager of network services one grade. That position is currently empty. In terms of dollars, it would move the minimum salary for that position from $51,720 to $57,771, according to the college’s salary schedule.
Jakway said she hopes the increase will draw more interested applicants to the position.
“We’re having a hard time with these IT positions,” she said.
Changes in SCF’s salary schedule will be included in the 2016-17 salary schedule that is up for approval along with the budget at the board of trustees’ June 21 meeting.