Rwanda | Civil servants salaries to be increased
Now, civil servants have all reasons to smile and make a better living after the Ministry of Public Service and Labor (MIFOTRA) announced plans to increase their salaries starting this July 2012.
The development was announced by Samuel Mulindwa, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Service and Labor (MIFOTRA), who said that the salary increment is in line with the salary policy of the cabinet.
The increase will see Ministers receive a 20 per cent increase, senior government officials 13 per cent and a 10 per cent increment for other civil servants in various government institutions.
However, the Permanent Secretary pointed out that civil servants who receive better payment in various government institutions will enjoy the new salary increase after three years. Mulindwa explained that the intension is to have an increment for those who were paid less then later on consider salary addition for those who are receiving over 100 per cent of what other civil servants get.
Mulindwa said that the pay increase was due to the rise of Rwanda’s economy and that micro economic studies show Rwanda’s economy will be stable in the coming seven years. In this respect, the new salaries will be effective till 2017.
Since the year 2006, the government did not have a payroll policy, but rather used guidelines which were not effective. This has resulted to 18 per cent of government employees resigning to look for greener pastures due to unfair payment or lower salaries. In addition, 91 per cent of government officials have not served for more than four years.
Apparently, the government has injected Rwf5billion in the teachers’ savings schemes (Umwalimu, Sacco) as a way to improve the welfare of teachers and provide teachers with access to credit, which they can use to come up with an income generating activity.
This means that teachers at the level of A2 (primary and secondary tutors) will also enjoy a 10 per cent pay rise, as a way of recognizing their heavy tasks and sometimes hostile working environment as ‘educators’ of the nation.