Salary Structure In Ghana Fair Wages want to stop yearly pay rise for public workers

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong, said this decision will help reduce the rising expenditure of government on public sector remuneration.

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The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has revealed that it intends to halt the yearly review of the base salary of public sector workers on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong, said this decision is expected to give value for money and link productivity with pay.

He added that this will also help reduce the rising expenditure of government on public sector remuneration.

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“Because of the rate of inflation, people say the real income has eroded. So there is the need to restore us back to the real wage we were making at the beginning of the year.  The increase which will keep workers where they were before the end of the year is informed by figures from the Ghana Statistical Service,” he said.

“Going forward, we perhaps need a national dialogue to determine that we would not go for the yearly increments, but rather work harder to improve productivity for the gains to inform salary increases that will be granted by Government.”

The Single Spine Salary Structure has been in existence for about 8 years. At the beginning, the base pay of GH¢3.42 was increased to GH¢4.10 in 2011.

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The 2011 figure of GH¢4.10 increased to GH¢4.48 in 2012.

In 2013, the base pay saw a significant growth from the 2012 figure to GH¢ 5.32. 2014, 2015, 2016 all saw significant increases.

The 11 percent increase in the base pay of the 2017 figure of GH¢7.45, increases the 2018 base pay to GH¢8.27.

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