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About 23,000 civil servants to benefit from salary increases of between 5% and 14%

About 23,000 civil servants to benefit from salary increases of between 5% and 14%
Office workers in Singapore on Sep 6, 2021. (File photo: CNA/Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: About 23,000 civil servants will benefit from salary increases of between 5 per cent and 14 per cent, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Sunday (Jun 5). 

The salary adjustment, which will take effect from Aug 1 this year, will apply to officers in the Civil Service generic schemes and their related schemes. 

"These adjustments will enable the Civil Service to continue to attract and retain its fair share of talent," said PSD. 

Officers in the Management Executive Scheme (MXS), Management Support Scheme (MSS) and Corporate Support Scheme (CSS) will receive salary adjustments of between 5 per cent and 10 per cent, said PSD, with higher adjustments for grades that have larger gaps with market benchmark.

Those in the Operations Support Scheme (OSS) will receive higher adjustments of between 6 per cent and 14 per cent. 

"This is in line with the call by the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers to uplift the salaries of lower-wage workers," said PSD. 

"Alongside these adjustments, PSD has been working with the Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE) to redesign OSS officers’ jobs, improve career progression, and raise productivity in the long run," it added. 

Explaining the adjustment, PSD said the Civil Service periodically reviews salaries and adjusts them "when necessary to broadly keep pace with, but not lead, the market". 

Revisions to the Civil Service generic schemes were last made in 2014, and since then, salary levels in the market have gone up, said PSD. 

According to media reports, thousands of civil servants received a 5 per cent pay increment in August 2014 as part of a move to keep their salaries competitive. 

"The pandemic has underscored the importance of a strong Public Service. The Public Service is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a future-ready workforce that can continue to deliver its best for Singapore and Singaporeans," PSD said on Sunday. 

Apart from salary adjustments, PSD added that it will continue to step up efforts to provide officers with "meaningful career opportunities" and support their growth and development.

These include job attachments, structured job rotations, formal training and project work.

The Public Service has also introduced hybrid work arrangements as well as flexible work options, said PSD. 

Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing said earlier this year that Singapore's public service has seen an increase in attrition "across the board"

Speaking in Parliament in February, Mr Chan said the resignation rate for the largest generic scheme in the Civil Service - the management executive scheme - reached a 10-year high of 9.9 per cent last year. 

"There are various factors contributing to attrition from the public service, including pressures of the job, pay and opportunities for professional development and progression," Mr Chan said. 

He also pointed out that there is a risk of an increase in attrition from the public service as the economy recovers and job offers from the private sector increase.

Source: CNA/vc(zl)
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