THE Public Service Commission has released a circular formalising the salary and wages increase of base grade officers which was announced by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the 2013 National Budget address.
According to a government statement, the pay increase is effective from today.
It will feature an upgrade of salaries for established officers to a minimum of $10,000 per annum which will henceforth be the starting salary for entry level officers.
There will also be a 10 per cent rise for government wage earners earning below $10,000 per annum. The pay increase will not be backdated.
In his 2013 budget address, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced the pay increase and pointed out the need to retain workers in the civil service.
"Too often, they are lost to the private sector or regional and international organisations," he said.
"By setting salaries that recognise the different skill requirements for each position, we will retain more skilled and competent officers in the service."
The government statement said officers affected included permanent officers on probation, officers serving local contract terms, temporary officers including temporary relievers, government wage earners and project officers.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the need to strengthen civil service reforms. "The civil service is doing better, but we will not rest until the job is done.
"We will continue to work to eliminate red tape, buck passing, incompetence, slackness and corruption in the civil service.
"At the same time, we will continue to improve the working conditions of civil servants."
This salary adjustment will benefit at least 1663 salaried civil servants and 2878 government wage earners.