Civil servants ‘unsatisfied’ with meager pay increase

Civil servants ‘unsatisfied’ with meager pay increase

Several government employees have expressed dissatisfaction over the new salary structure that was released last week.  

Reacting to the new pay structures, private security serving in one of the organized forces, who preferred anonymity, said the money cannot provide basic needs to his family.

“When you compare the current prices of basic commodities in the market with such amount what will it do? To me, it is just a joke,” he said.

“I came from Bahr el Ghazal and here I pay rent, I have a family of four members and my salary is less than SSP 4000. Do you you think the money can pay even the school fees for my children?” he asked.

Another low-grade civil servant told The City Review that she was expecting the new salary structures to correspond with the current market price but the result was shocking. 

The source said the recent salary increment means nothing because it will not improve the situation of civil servants in the country.

“What can I do with SSP3000? Even it requires additional money to be enough for transport. It is too much, we cannot continue with such money however patriotic we may be,” said a 43-year-old senior cleaner in one of the ministries.

Higher expectations

“We were hoping for at least SSP 20,000 so that we will be able to pay school fees for some of our children but they are talking of less than SSP4,000 and on top of this; the money comes after three to four months.”

On his part, a middle management officer in one of the organized forces whose salary has been increased to SSP8000 said the amount was just a drop in the ocean given his role as ahead of the family.

“I have 10 dependants, including my old mother who needs special treatment involving food, medication and other services [that] need money. The money will not even buy food for us for five days,” a 45-year-old Captain said.

“What I can say is that the government should not think the money is enough to sustain employees for even a week. The government should ensure its employees are enduring hardship they have never experienced before. We love our country [and] that is why we remain patriotic even though the situation is unfavorable, but it will not continue this way,” he said.

However, Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development told the City Review last week that it was not his ministry’s mandate to ensure civil servants’ salaries meet the market prices.

“On the issue of the markets if you compared to the amount given or increased is not my area we are dealing with salary,” said Bakosoro.

The announcement

On July 9, President Salva Kiir’s promised to increase the salary of civil servants by 100 percent, and the new salary structure was approved by the ministry of public service last month.

According to the new structures, An employee of Grade 1 will recieve SSP 13, 580, Grade 2 will get 11,680 SSP Grade 3- 11,100, Grade 4-SSP 10,520, Grade 5 –SSP 10,120, and Grade 6 -SSP 9,650. 

Other lower Grades such as Grade 7 gets-SSP 9,416, Grade 8-SSP 8,806 Grade 9-SSP 8396 Grade 10-SSP 6,950 Grade 11-SSP 5000 Grade 12-SSP 4125 grade 13 3,878 Grade 14-SSP 3,728 Grade 15-SSP 2,678 Grade 16-SSP 2528 and Grade 17-SSP 2,378.

Officers in the organised forces including South Sudan People Defense Forces [SSPDF], South Sudan National Police Services and South Sudan National Security Service new salary structures are, General-SSP 17,000 Lt General –SSP 16,500 Maj. General –SSP 13,580 Brig. General –SSP 11,680 Colonel SSP 11,100 Lt Colonel –SSP 10,520 Major –SSP 10,120 Captain –SSP 9,650 1st Lt-SSP 9,416 and 2nd Lt-SSP 8,806.

While Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and privates will be as follow; RSM -SSP 8,396 SM –SSP 6,950 SGT-SSP 5,000 Corporal –SSP 4,125 L/Corporal SSP 3,878 and Private SSP 3,728.

South Sudan has been experiencing a devastating economic crisis following the 2023 incident with civil servants’ salaries delaying beyond four months.

Most civil servants like doctors and teachers have quit their progressions for green pastures jobs in Non-Governmental organizations.