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Civil servants with primary education receive higher salaries than their university-educated colleagues

07 July 2014 / 14:07:41  GRReporter
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October will mark three years since the submission to parliament of the bill on the single payroll table in the public sector. Its goal was to eliminate the huge disparities in the pay of civil servants having the same skills and working in the same positions but in different institutions. Three years later, however, these differences persist.

The situation seems to have improved in the central administration but it changes if one tries to compare the salaries in the broader public sector. Furthermore, disparities occur even within a number of ministries. The data analysis submitted by the ministries themselves to the parliament and processed by New Democracy deputy Lefteris Avgenakis and his scientific team derive interesting conclusions about what is happening in the entire spectrum of public administration in relation to the remuneration of civil servants.

A typical example of the differences that exist within a ministry is the Ministry of Finance. The 18 employees at the General Secretariat for Coordination receive 2,178.44 euro in gross pay per month whereas the average salary of the 50 employees at the General Secretariat of the Government is 1,887.46 euro per person.

At the same time, the staff with secondary education, at the Ministry of Finance, receive a gross monthly salary of 2,390.22 euro whereas the gross remuneration of employees with technical education is 15 euro lower (2,375.60 euro) and of university graduates 108 euro higher (2,498.35 euro). It should be noted that the staff with primary education at the Ministry of Finance receive a gross monthly salary of 2,085.05 euro.

There are salary differences in the Ministry of Development too. In the Directorate General for Financial Services, the employees with higher education receive a gross monthly salary of 2,685.78 euro whereas in the Directorate General for Trade of the same Ministry, an employee receives 1,856.00 euro, including allowances and employer contributions.

The conclusions about the comparisons between the employees derived from the data submitted by the ministries to the parliament are amazing. For example, an employee with primary education at the Ministry of Development receives a higher salary (1,848.00 euro) than a university educated employee, who has a permanent employment contract with the Centre for the Study of Equality at the Ministry of Interior (1,610.91euro).

On the other hand, the gross remuneration of the employees of an organization at the same Ministry is often around or over 3,300.00 euro a month.

For example, in the Agency for Industrial Property, university graduates receive a gross monthly remuneration of 3,381.00 euro.

In addition, university graduates in the Ministry of Environment receive an average of 2,033.00 euro whereas the monthly salary of those employees at the Centre for Renewable Energy at the same Ministry who have the same skills is 2,540.00 euro.

In the Ministry of Development, the average gross monthly salary of the employees with higher education is 2,672.00 euro whereas the university graduates working at the Centre for Planning and Economic Research at the same Ministry receive 3,326.20 euro on average.

Another example is the Centre for International and European Economic Law, where the average salary of employees with secondary education is 2,002.45 euro whereas in Invest in Greece Agency (both agencies are at the Ministry of Development), the average salary of an employee with the same qualities is 1,496.00 euro.

Tags: Civil servantsGross paySalarySingle payroll table
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