Lee OK’s pay hike for civil servants

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Lee OK’s pay hike for civil servants

Ending a two-year freeze of civil servant salaries, the government yesterday approved a plan to increase their pay by 5.1 percent this year.

During a cabinet meeting at the Blue House, President Lee Myung-bak approved the plan, aimed at lifting the morale of public servants. The administration had frozen civil service pay as part of an effort to overcome the economic crisis.

According to the new plan, civil servants who are paid under the salary step system will see a 5.1-percent rise in their base salary. Changes were also made in their pay system by including household and transportation subsidies in their base salary. With the changes, the base salary will comprise 65 percent of a civil servant’s total payment, up from the current 54 percent.

In order to boost competitiveness, faculty members of state-run universities will be paid under the annual pay system, a change from the current salary step system. The top 20 percentile will receive up to a 200 percent bonus for their performance in education, research and voluntary work, while the bottom 40 percentile will receive amounts below the base salary.

According to the Ministry of Education, the new pay system will be applied to newly hired faculty members starting in the March semester. Non-tenured faculty members will be paid under the new system starting in 2013 and all professors, including those with tenure, will be covered by the new pay system starting in 2015.

In addition to the base salary, the new system will provide annual bonuses following the February performance evaluation.

By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]
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