Civil servants will have to wait until 2023 to get a pay rise. The government had planned to increase the salaries of civil servants but due to a set of challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 floods, landslides and floods, the government has decided to push it forward.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Catherine Bitarakwate, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, said that they needed Shs350b for the salary increment of all public servants.
“The government is ready to increase the pay for its servants but this will be in phased manner. It is going to release only Shs50b in the 2020/2021 Budget for a pay rise and all this will go to staff in public universities. Other public servants will get theirs in 2022 and 2023, so they should be patient,” she said.
She said academic professors are going to get a 100% increment while lecturers will get theirs in a phased manner.
Minister for Public Service Muruli Mukasa said that there was no money to increase the salaries of all staff in public universities by 100%.
He said that the professors were given priority because their colleagues in the East African region are getting more.
Other servants, including teachers, scientists, and health workers will get their pay rise in 2022 and the administrative staff in 2023, according to the Ministry.