Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has frozen salary review for civil servants for two years.
In a press statement today Thursday, June17, it announced that it would not be reviewing basic salary structures, allowances, and benefits for civil servants in the financial year 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.
The decision was arrived at following recommendations by the National Treasury that cited tough economic times and constraints to the budget occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The National Treasury advised the Commission to consider postponing the review for the next two fiscal years until the economy improves, due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on the performance of the revenue and the expected slow economic recovery,” SRC said.
SRC also resolved that salary adjustments for public servants will continue to be applied within the current budget allocation adding that no additional funding will be provided for the implementation of job evaluation results in the next two fiscal years.
“Public sector institutions may implement job evaluation results, by placing jobs in their rightful job evaluation grading, within the existing salary structures and approved budgets.”
The recommendations are subject to review after the two fiscal years and based on the State of the economy.
“The National Treasury will review the performance of the economy and advise SRC as/and when the review can be done based on the prevailing circumstances to ensure affordability and fiscal sustainability,” the commission noted in its Third Public Sector Remuneration Cycle.
The commission said the salary and benefits review has been prompted by outcomes of the job evaluation and grading, labour market salary surveys, and a review of the current salary structures in the public sector.
As such, civil servants will continue to bear the brunt, considering that the government also rejected their sh68 billion request to finance salaries increment and allowances beginning next month.