Details have been published of the scale of the salary increases top public servants in Swaziland have received. It comes as ordinary public workers have been told by Government it cannot afford to give them any cost of living adjustment this year.
The new salary rates are contained in ‘Establishment circular number 2 of 2017’, dated 6 August 2017. The Sunday Observer newspaper (29 October 2017) published details. It said 75 senior government officials within various ministries and cabinet offices got increases at a cost of E2.9 million (US$210,000).
It reported, ‘Among the list are 13 ambassadors or high commissioners’ posts which are the highest paid in the list as they moved from grade F2 to F3 which is E569,646 annum followed by 27 undersecretaries and four regional secretaries who had been upgraded from F1 to F2. The position of undersecretaries and regional officers (RO) had been re-graded by the Ministry of Public Service from F1 scale which had been cited as an anomaly because it rendered them earning a similar amount as their subordinates or less in some cases.
‘As of this month the basic salaries of the administration under-secretaries increased from the annual of E462,929 to E550,303 which translate to a monthly basic salary of E38,577 to E45,858 which is an increment E7,281, while that of the undersecretaries and schools manager in the Ministry of Education increases from E35,684 to E43,226. Those of regional officers is expected to increase from E17,690 to E38,067.’
In Swaziland, seven in ten of the 1.3 million population live in abject poverty with incomes less than US$2 a day.
Last week Swazi public servants struck for a day and presented a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office. They want a 9 percent pay increase.
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