The government on Tuesday issued a sub-decree to increase the wages of civil servants by between 2,130 to 2,340 riels, and another one to raise the monthly wages of contract officers from 600,000 to 650,000 riel starting January 1.
The sub-decrees were signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.
The increase in wages for contract work covers officers working in ministries and at national and sub-national levels.
“The Minister in charge of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Interior, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Civil Service, the Ministers of all other ministries and heads of relevant institutions shall be responsible for implementing this sub-decree from the date it is signed,” both sub-decrees state.
Sar Samedy, Civil Service Ministry spokesman, said yesterday that the increase in the basic salary of civil servants and the increase of monthly wages for contract officers is aimed at improving their living standards.
“The government has studied the living condition of the civil servants and public service officers and decided to increase their wages in tandem with national economic growth,” he said.
Heak Pring, Cambodia’s Independent Civil Servants Association president, yesterday lauded the wage increases.
He said he hoped that the government will continue to pay more attention to the welfare of civil servants.
“The attention the government pays to civil servants is in response to price increases of goods,” he said. ”So, in this case the government has addressed the needs of our civil servants.”