The career development of civil servants in government agencies involves the movement of positions towards improvement and progress. This study focuses on applying the merit system to the career development of civil servants in the government of Makassar City, aiming to provide solutions for better quality human resources. The research utilized qualitative methods to systematically and accurately describe the issues. However, the merit system has not been effectively implemented in the career development of civil servants in the City Government of Makassar. This is attributed to suboptimal compensation, limited education and training opportunities, and budget constraints. The study also highlights the significance of Employee Performance Targets (SKP) as determinants of career development for civil servants in the Makassar City Government. Despite the challenges, the career development of civil servants in the government has shown some progress. In conclusion, the study underscores the need for effective implementation of the merit system and improvement in compensation and training opportunities to enhance the career development of civil servants in the Makassar City Government. The findings provide valuable insights for the government to further develop its human resources and promote a more efficient and productive civil service.
Keywords: merit system, career development, civil servants