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Salaries of Federal Government Employees to be Increased

Middle East : 18 January 2012

Source: Gulf News

The Ministry of Finance is working on actively implementing a decision made by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to increase the salaries of federal government employees and social aid and pensions granted to retirees.

According to a statement by Younis Haji Al Khoury, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Finance, the decision specifies that minimum pensions for retirees are to be increased from Dh6,000 to Dh10,000 a month.

The ministry is working with the General Pensions and Social Security Authority to this end. The pension increases will cover 21,512 retirees starting this month.

The statement adds that 37,950 federal government employees will have their salaries revised upwards.

In line with the royal decree, made on the occasion of the UAE’s 40th National Day, the Ministry of Finance has created a number of specialised teams from different departments. These teams have been tasked with implementing and preparing e-programmes and databases required for keeping records of the increases.

The government has increased the salaries of doctors and technicians working under the Ministry of Health by raising technical bonuses by 100 per cent.

“Amendments were also made to the schedules of consultants and to their pay raises. A total number of 7,317 doctors and technicians had been targeted.”

Public education sector

Al Khoury said employees in the public education sector — including teachers, directors, and principals under the Ministry of Education — had their allowances increased by 100 per cent.

“A total of 10,721 employees in the public education sector were targeted for these increases,” he added.

The finance ministry is currently working on implementing raises for employees within the judicial system, where judges are to receive a 100 per cent increase on their basic salaries.

He added that the increases will be implemented for 392 members of the judicial system, pointing out that salaries for 460 employees in the Diplomatic and Consular Corps at Ministry of Foreign Affairs are also to be increased.

Social aid

Al Khoury added that finance ministry continues to work in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs in order to implement increases for Emirati social aid recipients in order to ensure that new data is entered onto databases starting this month.

“The total number of recipients to be granted increases amounts to 31,564,” he said.

Al Khoury also revealed that a specialised team had been created to study the salaries of employees in independent federal bodies to determine which of them will receive increments.

Al Khoury also indicated that finance ministry specialists were working on improving the mechanisms of distributing salaries and coming up with social aid tools to ensure data is being recorded and that the process of implementing increases is carried out efficiently and on time.

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