Salary hike of 5%-12% for administrative service officers, judicial and statutory appointment holders

The adjustments will be between 5 per cent and 12 per cent, and the changes will take effect from Oct 1, 2022. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The salaries of administrative service officers, as well as judicial and selected statutory appointment holders, will be adjusted by between 5 per cent and 12 per cent from Oct 1, said the Public Service Division (PSD) on Monday.

Their salary ranges will also be adjusted, PSD added.

It follows the announcement in June that about 23,000 civil servants would receive salary increases of between 5 per cent and 14 per cent from Aug 1.

The Ministry of Education had separately announced last month that some 35,000 teachers will get a pay hike of between 5 per cent and 10 per cent from October as part of efforts to attract and retain talent.

PSD said about 300 administrative officers and 30 judicial and statutory appointment holders will benefit from the current revision.

They include the Chief Justice, judges of the Court of Appeal, judicial commissioners, Attorney-General, Public Service Commission chairman and Auditor-General.

Salaries for these positions were last adjusted almost 15 years ago. Since then, gaps with market benchmarks have increased significantly, PSD said.

“These adjustments will enable the public service to continue to attract and retain its fair share of talent for key leadership roles,” it added.

PSD said: “As a progressive employer, beyond providing competitive salaries, the public service will continue to strengthen development efforts across all schemes of service. 

“Administrative officers can continue to look forward to job rotations, attachments in the private and people sectors, as well as leadership milestone programmes.”

It added that it would continue to periodically review the salaries of public officers and adjust them when necessary to “broadly keep pace with, but not lead, the market”.

The last such adjustment in 2007 saw administrative officers, political, judicial and statutory appointment holders getting pay increases of between 4 per cent and 21 per cent.

Mr David Leong, managing director of human resources firm PeopleWorldwide Consulting, said larger law firms have been upping their offers to attract and retain young lawyers, as a way of countering trends such as high burnout among the legal fraternity.

“The public service, in a way, has to compete with private practices for talent. Such adjustments must be seen against this background,” he said, adding that there is also a need to mitigate inflationary pressures. 

The salary adjustment is “long overdue”, said Mr Adrian Choo, founder of career consulting company Career Agility International. 

Noting that a record 538 lawyers left the profession last year, he said law firms could be looking to hire. 

Mr Choo added that with the labour market improving after more than two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the public service has seen an exodus of talent to the private sector.

Employees in the civil service and statutory boards are part of the public service. 

In February, Minister-in-charge of Public Service Chan Chun Sing, who is also Education Minister, said in Parliament that the public sector had seen an increase in attrition across the board.

Last year, the turnover rate for the public service’s management executive scheme, comprising graduate officers, reached a 10-year peak of 9.9 per cent.

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