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South Africa: State Wage Bill is Stabilising
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 14, 2013

The increase in the public sector wage bill was driven by the implementation of occupation-specific wage dispensations designed to raise public-sector salaries for skilled and experienced staff.
While the average level of wage settlements grew at about eight percent in 2010 in a year when inflation was running at about four percent, last year wage settlements grew at about seven percent, slightly above inflation at about six percent.
Since 2005, more than 250 000 additional public servants – mostly nurses, teachers and police officers – were added to the government’s payroll – both at a national and provincial level.
Of the over 1.2 million public servants, 485 370 or 38.8% are in the education sector, with 318 756 or 25.5% in health care and 275 154 or 22% in policing and criminal justice.
Gordhan said the National Treasury, together with the Department of Public Service and Administration, is working to improve the monitoring of wage-bill trends.
He, however, expressed concern over the increase in managerial and administrative staffing across the government.
The minister said government aimed to maintain current staff numbers over the next three years, adding that any new positions created would have to be backed up by a compelling explanation.
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