MORE than 4500 civil servants should expect an increase in their take home pay come their first pay next year.
In his budget announcement, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said all established staff in the civil service would receive a minimum salary of $10,000 a year — a raise which would benefit 1662 civil servants.
All 2878 unestablished government wage earners on the other hand, will receive a 10 per cent rise.
The cost of the increase is $5.7million.
Also government will introduce performance-based bonuses throughout the civil service.
Commodore Bainimarma said this underscored government's fundamental belief that individuals should be rewarded on merit and accomplishment.
"No longer will seniority and personal connections be a path to advancement. We want to reward the best people and keep them working in government," he said. "We must retain highly skilled and capable officers in the civil service. Too often, they are lost to the private sector or regional and international organisations."
Public Service permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said the pay rise was big news for the staff.