the herald

Farirai Machivenyika

Senior Reporter

The government will continue to review the salaries of civil servants and staff of other state agencies and commissions in line with economic developments, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube said yesterday.

The government yesterday doubled the salaries of civil servants and those of the security sector, legislature, judiciary, subsidized entities and independent commissions, effective July 1, including the implementation of other benefits non-monetary.

Professor Ncube commended the staff for their commitment to duty.

Negotiations continue through the National Joint Negotiating Committee to see what more can be done with further revisions to salaries and conditions of service.

“The Government of Zimbabwe reiterates its commitment to providing competitive remuneration to civil servants in order to retain critical skills and deliver efficient public services. Accordingly, the government will continue to analyze the conditions of service of all civil servants in order to compare them in an appropriate and timely manner according to economic developments,” he said.

Along with the 100% increase in the Zimbabwean dollar wage component, Prof Ncube said the government will continue to pay the $100 depreciation allowance and the $75 Covid-19 allowance for the foreseeable future, while other non-monetary benefits would be implemented.

Professor Ncube said the government has introduced non-monetary benefits for civil servants, some of which are sector-specific.

As a general rule, all civil servants now benefit from a housing loan guarantee system, a civil service housing loan system and access to the duty-free car import system.

With particular regard to health services, the Government has increased several allowances: on-call allowances, which apply to doctors and laboratory scientists; night duty, standby and on-call allowances, which apply to nurses, nurse aides and general hands in theatre; allowances for nurse managers; special health equalization factor that applies to all eligible personnel; Covid-19 risk allowances and infectious diseases.

In addition, the government has reviewed non-monetary benefits for the health sector, including: provision of institutional housing for health workers starting in Harare and Bulawayo; address deficiencies in the cafeteria system and recommission the system; and local production and procurement of uniforms for health personnel.

For teachers, the government has reinstated advancement bonuses, payment of performance bonuses that had been withheld will now be processed from July 1, payment of school fees for up to three biological children up to one maximum of $20,000 per child and the provision of 34,000 apartments or houses as institutional housing for teachers.

To protect teachers from rising housing costs, the government has pledged to provide 34,000 flats and houses inside and outside school premises over five years.

“The government has introduced a military salary concept and its equivalent, across the security cluster, covering various categories of benefits. In addition, the government has accelerated the acquisition of operational vehicles for middle managers,” he said.

Professor Ncube said the government was also putting in place immediate measures to increase access to institutional housing and transport for serving members of the security services, including access to the home loan guarantee scheme.

Parliamentarians and staff of Parliament have made revisions to salaries and non-monetary benefits as follows: salaries have been at least doubled from 1 July, with sitting allowances having increased in the same way.

The government has also introduced a contributory medical scheme where the government will contribute 80% of contributions, similar to the scheme in place for civil servants, while a constituency visit allowance has been introduced for parliamentarians.