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VACANCY IN THE JUDICIAL AND LEGAL SERVICE
OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) and a Legal Education Certificate (LEC)
Admission to practise Law in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Minimum experience: Ten (10) years experience as an Attorney-at-Law in the following
areas- Advocacy, Advisory, Contracts, Commercial Matters, Civil Law and Management
Extensive experience in a Supervisory/ Management position in a legal environment
Extensive knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plans, organizes and directs the work of the Solicitor
- Maintains close liaison with heads of other legal departments to ensure
effective co-ordination on all legal matters.
- Represents the State in constitutional and other civil legal proceedings of
a complex nature.
unctions as the legal representative of the Government, internationally,
regionally and locally, in matters involving complex financial constitutional and other civil issues.
Salary: Group L1: $26,300 per month
Professional Allowance: $6,250 per month
Duty Allowance: $2,650 per month
Transportation Allowance: $2,950 per month
Service Allowance: $3,500 per month
Housing Allowance: $5,750 per month
Applications accompanied by a full resum and providing the names of two referees,
together with copies of relevant documents, should be submitted no later than
The Director of Personnel Administration
Service Commissions Department
#52 -- 58 Woodford Street
Port of Spain
Professional Application Forms are obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief
Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly or the Service Commissions Department or the
Service Commission Department website at www.scd.org.tt.
Officers who are in the Service are required to complete the Promotion in the Public
Service Form and submit their applications through their Permanent Secretaries and
Heads of Departments.
Salaries must be justified to extract the best out
of the employees and for them to develop interest
in work and strive hard to achieve the goals of the
organisation. If they themselves are not well paid,
they would not bother to generate revenues for the
Let us go through some important tips an individual
should keep in mind during salary negotiation:
Always remember that the organisation also needs
you as much as you need the job. There is always
a dearth of talented people. The organisations are
also in search of best talents and if you have the
calibre and skills, you will definitely be paid a hand-
some salary. If you have reached the salary negotiation
round, which in all probable cases is the last round,
the company officials must have seen a spark in you.
No need to panic or get nervous. Just be yourself
and relax. Take care of your posture as well. Sit
straight and make an eye contact with the person
sitting on the other side of the table. Look confident
Go well prepared before the salary negotiation
round. If possible try to find out the current market
trend and also the salary structure of the organisation
you have applied for. Find out how much salary the
organisation offers to its employees at the level you
have applied for. One gets a salary hike on his current
salary. Be honest about your current salary. Don t lie
or fake things as it might land you in trouble later.
There are some organisations that do go for salary
verification and you might be caught. You will get
what you deserve, nothing more, and nothing less
Be very clear in your mind about your salary expec-
tations. Ask yourself do you deserve this salary? If
yes go for it. Be firm and do not change figures fre-
quently. It sounds fishy.
One should know how to justify his salary. If you
are quoting any figure, make sure you have valid rea-
sons to support that. Be very specific as to why the
organisation should pay you that much? Don t assume
that you will just cook stories and the HR would
trust you. Be specific and clear in your communi-
cation. Don t try to confuse the other person.
Quote a realistic figure. Don t ask for anything
which is unrealistic or exceptionally too high. Salaries
are decided on your current salary, your educational
qualifications, your level in the team hierarchy and
organisation s budget. Do keep in mind all these
factors before asking for a salary.
Be very polite. Don t start fighting with others.
After all money is not the only deciding factor. One s
designation, the brand value of the organisation, the
roles and responsibilities are also important. Don t
just run after money.
When the other person asks for your salary expec-
tations, quote a figure higher than what you expect.
It is a thumb rule that whatever you ask, the organ-
isation would definitely offer you less. Discuss with
him and make him understand why you have asked
for a particular figure. Try to convince him why you
need the hike? Give him sensible and valid reasons.
Never show your desperation to anyone. Don t
make it obvious that you need the job at any cost.
Remember the organisation is not doing any favour
to you. They will make you work also once you join
the firm. Don t beg for your salary. It s your right.
If you find the salary offered by the organisation
is not meeting your expectations, its better to quit
on a positive note rather than arguing and fighting.
One should never spoil his relations with anyone.
You might need them later. If you are not happy,
walk away gracefully.
If you are comfortable with the salary, do accept
it, sign an acceptance letter and confirm your joining
date and gear up to give your level best to the organ-
isation and stand apart from the crowd.
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