Vice Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang requested authorities at all levels to contribute ideas for proposal to increase basic monthly salaries of state employees for the period 2013-2020.
He was speaking at a seminar “trend for increasing minimum salary of cadre, civil servants and state employees” in
Speaking on salary reform, Thang said that the minimum salary for cadre, civil servants and state employees should be adjusted to correspond with salaries paid by enterprises in context of market economy and global integration.
Though minimum monthly salaries will increase next year for state employees, the amount will still be lower than for workers in private enterprises.
The minimum monthly salary for cadre, civil servants and state employees will increase by 26.5 per cent to VND1.05 million (US$50) per month from beginning of May, 2012.
However Ho Ngoc An, head of the Department of Home Affairs in the central province of Quang Tri, said the increased minimum salary for cadre, civil servants and state employees would be only half of the minimum monthly salary for workers in urban areas, which is VND2 million ($95) per month.
He said that with the present inflation, a minimum income of VND 3.15 million is not enough to live on. Salaries of cadre, civil servants and state employees must be sufficient to meet basic needs and support their dependents, he added.
If salaries of cadre, civil servants and state employees are too low compared with workers in the market economy, it will be difficult for state agencies and organizations to maintain a stable workforce.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs' Wages and Salary Department put forth three plans for minimum salaries for cadre and civil servants for the period 2013-2020, with three different minimum wage levels, VND3.15 million ($150) per month, VND2 million ($95) and VND1.68 million ($80) per month.