Pay of teachers,
nurses to double under Salary Standardization 2015
MANILA, Nov. 11 -- Public school teachers and nurses will be paid twice
more compared to their private counterparts under the proposed Salary
Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015), according to the Department of
Budget and Management (DBM).
“Our study revealed that if we compare the median of the market to the
median of SSL 3 rates, public school teachers and nurses are paid much
higher in government than in the private sector,” Budget Secretary Florencio
“Butch” Abad said.
In the private sector, the positions of Teacher I to III are paid P13,135.
The government pays P19,218 for Teacher I position, or 146 percent of the
market. For Teacher II positions, the government pays P20,660 or 157 percent
of the market. For Teacher III positions, the government pays P22,209 or 169
percent of the market.
Abad said SSL 2015 will increase Teacher I salary to P20,754; Teacher II to
P22,938; and Teacher III to P25,232. This will make their monthly pay twice
more than their private sector counterparts.
“Under SSL 2015, the total annual guaranteed compensation of Teacher I will
be P329,556, up from the current P280,137. Teacher II will get P360,132 from
the current P298,220, while Teacher III will receive P392,248 from the
current P317,668. This annual guaranteed compensation does not include the
PBB, which is contingent on performance and is equivalent to 1.25 month’s
salary for SG 11-24. As Teacher I-III is ranked as SG 11-13, that is an
additional 1.25 month’s pay for Teacher I to III positions” Abad said.
Meanwhile, the budget chief pointed out that private sector nurses receive
pay ranging from P13,033 (Nurse I), P14,083 (Nurse II), to P22,125 (Nurse
III). Their government counterparts receive higher salaries with P19,218,
P25,878, and P35,207 respectively. Under the SSL 2015, the total guaranteed
compensation of Nurse I will go up to P344,074, while Nurse II will receive
P485,670 and Nurse III will get P710,804.
Among those nurses that were surveyed for the proposed SSL 2015 were those
belonging to Chong Hua Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City,
the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, the Medical Center Manila, the Asian
Hospital, Makati Medical Center, and Hi-Precision Diagnostics in Cebu.
Meanwhile, teachers who were surveyed were those from Araullo University,
Ateneo de Manila University, Cagayan de Oro College, University of Asia and
Pacific, University of Iloilo, and University of Pangasinan.
“The plan is not to raise the basic salaries alone. We want government
compensation to become competitive with the private sector, specifically to
bring compensation to at least 70 percent of market rate. Our study found
that while the pay of sub-professional workers in government matches or even
exceeds those of their private sector counterparts, professional workers get
as low as 41 percent of market rates as they move up the ladder. Middle
managers, comprised of directors, only get more or less a third of what
their counterparts in the private sector get; while executives are paid only
about a quarter to a third as much,” Abad said.
“Overall, government pay is 45 percent below market. SSL 2015 will further
enhance the market position of SG 1-7 since they will be at 4 percent to 54
percent above market. SG 8-17 will be competitive to the market at 72
percent to 98 percent of the market. SG 18-24 will be at 70 percent of the
market,” he added.
According to Abad more than a proposal for a salary increase, SSL 2015 is an
advocacy to further improve government service. With competitive
compensation, we intend to bolster the recruitment of agencies that need to
fill up vacancies in senior technical and middle management positions. There
are agencies that have been having difficulty in recruiting and retaining
senior technical staff/middle managers.
The number of unfilled positions in government is 191,988 or 12.53 percent
of total authorized positions. The proposed compensation plan is composed of
across the board salary increase plus a mid-year bonus equivalent to one
month basic salary and the new Performance-based Bonus (PBB) as an added
bonus contingent on performance. The mid-year bonus, in addition to the
present year-end bonus or 13th month pay, will account for an 8 percent
increase in annual salary. The PBB is equivalent to 1 to 2 months basic
salary or an 8 to 16 percent increase depending on the position. (DBM)