Civil service agrees on backdated seven percent salary increase, longer holidays

2012-08-01 00:00

THE government and public service unions have reached a salary agreement.

The Public Services and Administration Ministry announced yesterday that for 2012 staff will get a seven percent increase backdated to May 1.

From 2013 until 2015, the annual increases will be based on the Consumer Price Index plus one percent.

To develop and professionalise the public service, it was agreed that the qualifying period for salary progression for new employees will be extended from 12 to 24 months. For long service, employees will get extended annual leave and cash bonuses. After 10 years’ service, annual leave will increase from 26 to 30 days.

After 20 years’ continuous service, employees will get R7 500, while staff with 30 years’ service will get R20 000.

From January 2013, employees will be rewarded for improving their skills with a bonus of 10% of their salary notch. Those who studied on state bursaries will not qualify for the bonus.

Also from next year, employees will be entitled to five days’ family responsibility leave per annual cycle and to eight days’ pre-birth leave per pregnancy.

The parties agreed to a housing allowance of R900 a month.

— Own Correspondent.

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