Medical doctors (specialists) will receive 15 percent higher wages, nurses 12 percent, and teachers about 10 percent, according to a new pay level system that will come into force on 1st January, 2019.
The new pay level system brings, so far, the biggest increase in the salaries of public sector workers who have not been paid sufficiently and fairly up till now. Thus, nurses in community health centres, who currently earn around 35,000 dinars, will get a salary between 37,043 and 39,331 dinars. Their counterparts in hospitals, whose salary is now 36,935 dinars, will receive from 39,511 to 40,657 dinars, while the salaries of doctors will increase by 11,000 dinars, and the salary of the medical sub-specialists will exceed 91,000 dinars a month.
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The payroll system reform envisages minimum and maximum salaries, and the exact wage that fall between these brackets will depend on work engagement, achieved results, overtime hours and on-call days.
“Although, this is a 10 percent increase, it is still not enough for Serbia to keep its healthcare workers in the system. Nowadays nurses and doctors are increasingly leaving the state healthcare system, whether to go and work in the private sector or abroad. This is often the case with the best and most experienced personnel, such as nurses working in operating rooms, respiratory centers and blood transfusion centres, as well as doctors such as internists and radiologists”, says Zivorad Mrkic, president of the New Healthcare Union.
On the other hand, Minister of Education, Mladen Sarcevic said yesterday that the government had discussed increasing salaries of teachers by at least 10 percent.
“Healthcare and education will have the advantage. I heard that from the Prime Minister. The increase should take place by the end of the year”, said Minister Sarcevic and confirmed that new financing formats for salary increase are being discussed with trade unions.
A working version of the new payroll system envisages an increase in salaries for teachers by about 10 percent.
“It should be remembered that the eighth pay group, which includes almost all teachers and related professions (other than librarians), has as many as nine pay grades, which include a salary coefficient of between 3.35 and 4.71. That means that their wages range from 47,870 to 67,500 dinars. According to the current payroll system for education workers, the maximum difference between the salary of teacher beginner and the one who is about to retire cannot exceed 15.6 percent. Now, this difference goes up to as much as 40 percent”, said Milan Jevtic, a member of the Presidency of the Unions of Educational Workers of Serbia.
Fair wage range is the goal
The new pay levels in the public administration system were announced at the beginning of 2017. The Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government says the goal is to establish a fair wage range.
“This entails that those public sector workers, who at present, have inadequate salaries, will have their salaries increased in proportion to the available funds, while those who are overpaid will not get an increase until they reach a certain pay level group”, the Ministry adds.
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