Spe­cial salary sys­tem to be ra­tio­nal­ized

Kathimerini English - - Focus - SOTIRIS NIKAS

The gov­ern­ment will be cut­ting down the num­ber of spe­cial salary cat­e­gories in the civil ser­vice from 20 to around eight or nine, as well as in­tro­duc­ing changes to their struc­ture via the ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of ben­e­fits and the in­cor­po­ra­tion of most of that amount into the main salary, ac­cord­ing to a Fi­nance Min­istry plan seen by Kathimerini.

The ba­sis of the changes to come will be the new sin­gle salary sys­tem for the pub­lic sec­tor in­tro­duced last year. The changes to the spe­cial salary cat­e­gories will af­fect 188,000 em­ploy­ees from a to­tal of 658,000 civil ser­vants, i.e. 28.5 per­cent.

The money spent on the salaries of those paid un­der the spe­cial sys­tem is es­ti­mated at about 5 bil­lion eu­ros per an­num, and cor­re­sponds to a 35 per­cent share of the to­tal salary ex­pen­di­ture of the gen­eral gov­ern­ment.

For uni­formed of­fi­cials – such as the armed forces, the po­lice, the port po­lice, fire­fight­ers etc – the min­istry is propos­ing four salary cat­e­gories de­pend­ing on the ori­gin of each of­fi­cial (army of­fi­cer school, fixed-term mil­i­tary pro­fes­sion­als etc.), with the in­cor­po­ra­tion in the main salary of the ben­e­fits handed out for the com­ple­tion of each three-year cy­cle in the pub­lic sec­tor, as well as other ben­e­fits.

A new ben­e­fit for those serv­ing un­der dif­fi­cult con­di­tions or near the coun­try’s borders will also be in­tro­duced, amount­ing to 100 eu­ros per month.

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