60% pay raise for China's top civil servants: Hong Kong media

Chinese authorities have rolled out its long-expected plan to increase salaries for civil servants, Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po reported on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chinese authorities have rolled out its long-expected plan to increase salaries for civil servants, Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po reported on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (China Daily/Asia News Network) - Chinese authorities have rolled out its long-expected plan to increase salaries for civil servants, Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po reported on Sunday.

The pay raise plan, released by the State Council on Jan 12, covers grass-roots officials to ministerial level officials. The plan actually went into effect on Oct 1, 2014. This month civil servants will get their one-off compensation for salaries from the fourth quarter of last year.

The base salary for ministerial level officials will increase from the current 7,020 yuan (S$1,500) to 11,385 yuan, while the salaries for the lowest level officials will jump to 1,320 yuan from 630 yuan, according to the plan.

The plan also said that in the future salaries for civil servants will be adjusted every year or every two years.

The newspaper quoted an expert saying that while the raise seems very generous, it is the first increase in "many years" and hence, still within reason when inflation is also taken into consideration.

Moreover, the plan freezes the rise of allowances even as base salaries are increased. Some allowances will be merged with the base salary. The allowances for ministerial level officials will be reduced by 650 yuan, while those for the lowest level officials will be down by 220 yuan.

On Wednesday, the State Council unveiled measures to unify old-age pension systems for enterprise employees and workers in government agencies and public institutions. In the past, corporate employees had to pay for their own pensions, while government staff enjoyed pensions without making any contribution at all.