Salaries of civil service administrative workers to be raised

Male’, Maldives – Civil Service Comission (CSC) has passed to raise the salaries of administrative officers by a huge margin and has presented it to the National Pay Commission (NPC).

While 24,514 employees are currently employed as civil servants, the largest number of these workers are that of the administration sector. The commission proposed to increase the salaries of these workers by atleast 30 percent, which is about MVR 5000 to MVR 4000 when considering the basic pay.

An official of CSC said to local news outlet Mihaaru, that the comission has proposed to increase the salaries of four groups of civil workers. This includes Clarical Support Workers, Associate Professionals, Professionals and directors according to the official. In addition to this, pay formats of all four of these categories of workers have been approved by the comission and sent to the Pay Commission. The final decision regarding the pay increase would be taken by the National Pay Commission.

Different percentages of pay increase was decided for different categories of workers, depending on their rank and type of work. However, it has been proposed so that each of the categories receive a minimum of 30 percent pay increase.

official of Civil Service Comission

Decreasing the difference in salary of different workers and ensuring a fair pay for civil servants is a high end priority of the current administration as the lowest payed employees of the government are the civil workers. Having such a variation in the salary of workers in different areas have been a constant concern of many individuals.

The National Pay Commission in March, stated that all employees of the Government must have a fair pay and the comission has already begun their work to ensure that. The most recent changes to the salary of civil servants was back in 2018, with the introduction of Technical Core Allowance. This allowance was given to workers in the technical field and the support service staff.

Under this allowance, the staff were given an increase of 28 percent of their original salaries. Though changes were brought to the salaries of these workers, limitation of overtime payment by the previous administration resulted in minimal difference to the final salary received by the workers.