Public Office Bearers Could Receive 5-6% Salary Increments

JANUARY 29, 2015

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers is proposing a 5% adjustment for public office bearers earning more than R1 million and 6% for those earning less than that.

The Presidency on Thursday said the effective date for the salary adjustment for public office bearers is 1 April 2014 and 1 July 2014 for local government public office bearers.

“The adjustments are recommended in order to align it with the financial year of public office bearers’ institutions,” said the Presidency.

The commission is statutorily obliged - by virtue of Section 8 (4) and (5) of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act, 1997 (Commission Act) -- to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, benefits, allowances and the resources required by public office bearers to enable them to perform their respective duties effectively.

This follows consultations that the commission had with the Ministers of Finance, Justice and Correctional Services, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and Public Service and Administration; the Chief Justice, Lower Courts and Remuneration Committee.

“The commission considered the comments and inputs from the relevant stakeholders and took into account other factors that are within its mandate in finalising its annual remuneration recommendations for 2014/15,” said the Presidency.

The commission proposed this after taking into account all the relevant factors, together with the provisions of the applicable legislation.

The factors taken into consideration are section 8(6) of the Commission’s Act, the level of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and its forecast, market salary increase during the past year, forecasted salary increase for the year ahead, the economic and social environment, past recommendations together with the President’s determinations and the inputs from key stakeholders in terms of the mandatory consultation requirements.

The commission then submitted the aforementioned 2014/15 recommendations to the President and Parliament.

Comprehensive information on the recommendations is contained in Government Gazette No. 38433, which will be published today. The Gazette is also available online at www.gpwonline.co.za or remcommission.gov.za. - SAnews.gov.za