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Substantial wage hike for govt employees, sweeper-cleaners earnings announced

The government has made good on its salary increase promise, boasting that it has upped public servant pay more than initially proposed. According to Minister Jordan during his 2015 budget speech, public servants increases had risen from 6.0 percent to 26.4 percent.

He announced that as part of the “moderate increases” in salaries, effective July1, 2015 an increase in the minimum basic salary of each public servant to $50,000. “This translates to a 26.4 percent increase for those still earning the old minimum wage of $39,540 and 17.1 percent for over 4,000 public servants earning the current minimum wage of $42,703.”

“Effective July 1, 2015 all other public servants will receive a 5 percent salary increase plus an additional $5,000 monthly,” he said.  

“A worker currently earning $50,000 will have a monthly increase of $7,500, or 15 percent; a person currently receiving a salary of $100,000 would get a 10 percent increase.” Minister Jordan explained that since the bulk of the public servants earn $100,000 and below, these are substantial increases, “more than was promised to these categories of workers,” and are payable to workers who were employed on or before January 1, 2015.

Workers that earned $39,540 and $42,703 will now earn $50,000; those who earned $50,000 will now earn $57,500; those earning $100,000 will earn $110,000, those earning $200,000 will earn $215,000 while those earning $500,000 will now earn $530,000.

Classroom cleaners will have a 54 percent wage increase; that is $312 per hr. That sum is for some 1000 persons working in this area. Their initial pay was not mentioned however.

Old Salary ($)

New Salary ($)

Increase (%)

39,540

50,000

26.4

42,703

50,000

17.1

50,000

57,500

15.0

100,000

110,000

10.0

200,000

215,000

7.5

500,000

530,000

6.0