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Junior civil servants get pay hike

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Malawi government has hiked salaries for civil servants in junior grades (J to R) with increments ranging from five to 22 percent.

There has, however, been no increment for higher grades (I to A), according to a circular from the Department of Human Resource Management and Development, which The Daily Times has seen.

Meanwhile, Civil Servants Trade Union president, Servace Sakala, on Sunday declined to comment on the development, saying he had not yet seen the circular.

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But yesterday’s edition of our sister paper, The Sunday Times quoted him as saying negotiations with government were still taking place.

“I am pleased to inform you that government has approved the revision of salaries for employees in the civil service in Grades J and below with effect from 1st July 2015. The salaries for grade I and above have not changed,” reads the circular dated July 3, 2015, from

Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development, Blessings Chilabade addressed to all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Departments.

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“Controlling Officers are advised [that] the salaries should be paid from the provision under Personal Emoluments. Where any over-expenditure is likely to be incurred, the Secretary to the Treasury should be consulted without delay,” continues the circular.

It adds:

“Where any anomalies, omissions or errors arising from the implementation of this circular become apparent, details should be reported to this office for appropriate action. Officers, who have received orders of dismissal, are not entitled to this increase.”

According to the circular, the highest grade which has received the increments is Grade J. The highest level in the grade has seen salaries raised from K1,301,244 to K1,366,308 per annum, representing an increment of about five percent.

Salaries in the highest level of Grade R have been raised from K493,296 to K600,000 per annum, representing 21.6 per cent.

Grades, which have enjoyed the highest increments of about 22 percent, are M, N, O, P, and Q. Grades K and L have received about 10 percent while Grade M has received an increment of 15 percent.

In 2014/2015 financial year, salary revisions favoured cadres of grades I up to A, that got an increment of 70 to 110 percent as opposed to lower cadres of grades of R to J, that got an increment of 35 to 52 percent.

In a related development, government has revised upwards the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for all civil servants.

According to a circular from Department of Human Resource Development also released on July 3 2015, allowances for Grade A have been revised from K25, 000 per day to K40, 000 per day.

Allowances for Grade B and C have been revised from K22,000 per day to K35,000 while for Grade D have been hiked to K30 000 per day from K21 000.

The DSA for grades E and F are now at K25 000 per day up from K17 000 per day, while those for grades G, H and I have been raised from K15 000 per day to K20 000 per day.

Allowances for grades J and K are now at MK15, 000 per day up from K8000 per day while those for all grades from L and below have been increased to K10 000 per day from K6000 per day

According to the circular, government has revised the rates in response to the prevailing costs of accommodation and food.

The circular says the revised DSA rates are with effect from July 1, 2015.

Parliament last week passed the 2015/16 national budget which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe presented to the House.

 

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