The government has issued a sub-decree to increase the monthly salary of government contract officials from $162.5 to $167.5 starting next month.
The sub-decree, signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 4, said the government has decided to increase the salary by $5 for the contract officials.
Meas Soksensan, a Ministry of Economy and Finance spokesman, yesterday said that the ministry had discussed the issue with the Ministry of Public Service before deciding on the salary increase.
“Increasing the salary of civil servants or contracted officials is based on the government’s ability and taking inflation into consideration,” he said.
Mr Soksensan noted that contract officials can also receive other benefits which will be determined by their respective ministries.
Asked about how many contracted officials there are in the Kingdom, he said he could not remember the figure and referred the question to the Ministry of Public Service.
Chhoeun Bunnarath, a spokesman at Ministry of Public Service, yesterday said that the government increased the salary in order to raise their living standards.
“Even though, this amount is not high, it keeps increasing every year,” he noted. “Besides the salary, contract officials can also receive other benefits, such as social welfare, just like civil servants.”
Mr Bunnarath said that there will be more than 18,000 contract officials in the country who will receive the new salary next year.
Heak Pring, Cambodian Independent Civil Servants Association president, yesterday said that it is a normal practice by the government to increase the salary for both civil servants and contract officials every year.
However, he declined to comment on the increase for contract officials because they were not civil servants.
“However, for civil servants, I welcome and support the government’s salary increase for them,” Mr Pring said.
In October, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced at the Peace Palace that the minimum wage for civil servants will be increased from $275 to $293 and from $300 to $318 for teachers and doctors next year.
Next year, the government will also increase the minimum monthly wage from $296 to $314 for National Police officers holding the ranks of staff sergeant, from $264 to $295 for military police officers who are first sergeants and contractual officers will be paid $167.
Mr Hun Sen said that wages below $325 will be exempt from income tax.