By Courtney Trenwith
Public sector staff across 32 departments to receive huge pay rises dated back to June 30
The Dubai Government has increased public employee salaries by up to 100 percent, it announced on Tuesday.
Thousands of government staff across 32 departments will benefit from the rise, which will be paid retrospectively back to June 30, the Dubai Government Human Resources Department said in a statement.
The rate of salary increase – between 30 percent and 100 percent – depends on the nature of the position.
Salaries will be doubled for doctors, financial controllers and auditors in financial control departments, provided it does not exceed AED25,000 ($6,800) per month.
Engineers, legal advisors, financial planners, investment managers, some experts and Dubai Ruler’s Court employees, internal auditors, some specialised posts, university teachers will be paid 50 percent more, to a maximum AED10,000 per month.
The increase for accountants, paramedics, nursing pharmacists, emergency medicine technicians, and others in health, environment, public safety and customs roles will receive 30 percent more, up to AED6000 per month.
Night shift workers will receive an additional 25 percent allowance.
Government employee salaries are reviewed every two years.
What about private sector employees...
Are dNATA and Emirates Airline's employees considered as government staffs? The company being Government owned. If so, Will they be having any salary increase as other public sector staff?
This is very kind of the Government but sending the wrong message to the people of the Emirates. The Government puts pressure on Private sector companies to Emiratise and then gives people a 32 - 100% pay rise. Are employees working 32 to 100% more effectively to justify this within Government departments. This action will result in a spiral effect of setting expectations for government employees and rewarding the WRONG behaviour. Why the need to do this? Are we trying to create a culture of complacency and lethargy. We need to create a culture where people strive for excellence. I believe we are sending the wrong message to Emiratis!
To Mathew.... Our private sector government costs (visa, licence and so many petty items that make a huge item at the end called indirect taxes) has been increasing and we didn't increase our TO so do not expect too much yet from the private sector. Hoping that some individual companies prove me wrong. We will have to wait for a full economical recovery but we are feeling this is coming soon. So let's hope for raises in 2014.
Sorry but I am absolutely dumstruck by this move. There is no way an Emirati National is ever going to want to work in the private sector as the government handouts continue to be huge and way above anything that will ever remotely be possible for a private company. Please Dubai government do not bleat any more about the private sector not doing its bit to hire your nationals. You have now made that completely impossible.
This strategy may lead to jealousy among private workers both expat and Emarati Nationals, as suggestion why they don`t make it as a law that will put to balance figure on salaries both Govt. and Private firms.
I hope this is a kind of care not as a kind of political propaganda...
Dear fellows from private sector, please also note that unlike private sector, Government employees don't get salary raise very often, actually the last time government employees got a raise was in 2007. So this generous move should not be considered as discrimination or rewarding out of the way, but a compensation instead. Just imagine the inflation during these years and then compare this raise against it before getting frustrated.
Furthermore this raise is not only for nationals, it is applicable for expats working in government departments as well.
I hope you got the point.
What about Emirates Airlines as they are also Dubai Govt. entity?
Wonder what would it be like raising salary for 70,000 staff !
Oh please, please tell me this will happen in Abu Dhabi as well!!! We have not had a rise, or even a cost of living rise in over 3 years!!!!
salary hikes for some will cover their Etisalat and DU bills. As they talk over the phone 24/7...
of course they should be taken care. They are working hard day and night...