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September 03, 2012

Salaries: Gap Between Public And Private

That an officer or employee of the private is better paid? At a time when it comes to salary compensation and the Pay Research Bureau report, we review the wages in the public and private sectors.

If the public service, decrying those at the top of the wage scale are worse off compared to the private sector, in the private sector, it insists that the preservation of jobs is more important than salary increases that might putting the company at risk. 

 

In PRIVATE ...

 

Sector/Position

Salary, Rs

Highest

Median of highest

Average

Median of lowest

Lowest

General management

CEO / General Manager

549,000

160,420

129,329

66,000

18,610

Head of Department

339,000

80,000

84,699

30,000

10,075

Finance

Finance Manager

200,000

100,000

66,417

40,000

15,700

Accountant

98,000

53,460

41,155

26,110

11,000

Payroll Clerk

35,000

17,801

16,854

12,026

5,000

Administration

Administrative Manager

150,000

56,533

46,292

28,250

7,000

Supervisor

59,410

25,668

23,410

13,423

6,000

Office Clerk

26,089

13,750

13,318

8,238

5,000

Confidential Secretary

45,000

32,210

26,763

21,150

10,235

Secretary

29,434

18,666

15,964

10,167

7,000

Receptionist / Telephonist

28,210

12,700

11,092

8,000

5,000

Human resource

Human Resource Manager

94,600

65,615

51,266

35,000

12,500

Health & Safety Manager

70,500

39,120

25,162

11,782

6,738

Human Resource Officer

41,420

25,600

21,176

15,358

10,000

Sales and marketing

Marketing Manager

100,000

80,000

56,068

31,029

16,000

Salesperson

18,010

11,500

12,953

7,742

5,723

ICT

ICT Manager

85,000

78,098

54,186

33,300

18,190

Project Manager

80,000

53, 025

40,157

30,405

25,000

Software Developer

53,500

34,000

23,864

18,143

10,935

IT Support Technician

48,920

31,161

21,999

15,670

7,675

Call Centre Operator

19,413

11,050

8,732

8,175

7,800

Production, construction and engineering

Production Manager

87,300

55,660

39,330

26,126

13,456

Factory Manager

70,800

47,500

37,508

26,500

15,720

Civil Engineer

65,300

52,875

34,197

20,375

18,190

Electrical Engineer

63,000

56,815

35,849

21,805

18,000

Quantity Surveyor

100,000

70,230

50,498

42,641

10,000

Technician

40,420

20,000

20,551

10,000

6,500

Draughtsperson

35,000

24,125

19,186

12,143

8,000

Supply and distribution

Distribution Manager

88,500

43,892

38,741

21,500

18,000

Purchasing Officer

37,000

21,140

19,282

14,000

6,000

Merchandising Officer

30,000

19,510

16,949

9,185

6,479

Storekeeper

34,00

15,455

15,532

10,010

6,592

 

Source: MEF

IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ...

Chief Judge - Rs 150,000

Secretary to the Cabinet - Rs 145,000

Financial secretary - Rs 120,000

Senior Chief Executive - Rs 110,000

Audit director - Rs 110,000

Commissioner of Police - Rs 110,000

Permanent Secretary - Rs 87,500

Principal Assistant secretary - Rs 42,500 to Rs 60,000

Medical & Health Officer (doctor) / Senior Medical & Health - Rs 31,250 and Rs 51,500

Human Resource Manager - between Rs 31,250 to Rs 45,000

Manager Financial Operations - between Rs 31,250 to Rs 45,000

District Magistrate - Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000

Mechanical Engineer - Rs 22,000 to Rs 40,000

Project Manager (Civil Engineering) - Rs 22,000 to Rs 45,000

Accountant - between Rs 21,400 and Rs 40,000

Ward Manager - Rs 21,400 to Rs 32,500

Police inspector - Rs 20,200 to Rs 28,000

Analyst (Economist) - Rs 19,000 and Rs 40,000

Assistant secretary - Rs 19,000 to Rs 40,000

Human Resources Officer - between Rs 17,200 and Rs 26,400

Safety & Health Officer / Senior Safety and health officer - Rs 14,200 and Rs 29,000

Teacher (primary school) - Between Rs 12,300 to Rs 24,000

Nursing Officer - Rs 12,000 to Rs 24,800

Police constable - Rs 10,450 and Rs 22,600

Officer - Between 9600 and Rs 21400

Mason / painter - Between Rs 8800 and Rs 15000

Driver - Between Rs 8600 to Rs 14,600

Receptionist / telephone operator - Between Rs 8400 and Rs 16000

Office care attendant - Between 8000 and Rs 12600

General worker - Between Rs 6425 and Rs 10200 

Source: Report of the PRB

 

 

75,000 workers earning less than Rs 5000

  • Factory worker in the EPZ touch Rs 3800 as salary.
  • Worker in the construction industry receives Rs 9500 as salary.
  • 75,000 employees in the private sector earn less than Rs 5000. 75% of them are women.

Reeaz Chuttoo trade unionist: "The disparity widens between public and private"

Reeaz Chuttoo, spokesman for the Confederation of Workers of the private sector, is categorical. Since the outbreak of the crisis in 2008, wages are being "regress" in the private sector. "There is always a wage freeze in the progression of base salaries. Employers have implemented a new system where the employee must do what he says at any time and any day if he wants to get a 'productivity bonus' which is in the quantum many cases at the discretion of the company, "says the union.

Even in cases where some companies increase the base salary of their staff, he argues, it is not sufficient to offset the loss of purchasing power of the workers in question. For Reeaz Chuttoo, there is no doubt that the "disparity" between the public and private sectors is "trying to grow." "I'm not saying that members of the public make too much money, my point is that there is a wage freeze in the private sector that will continue as long as the crisis persists." The union is particularly concerned about the "uncertainty" that is installed between the public and private sectors and the "feminization" of this insecurity.

Thierry Goder of Talentaris "Not really evolution"

Thierry Goder of Talentaris (ex-DCDM Recruitment) notes that there is no real change in wages in the country. "Companies are very vigilant. Caution prevails. Enter the game to increase wages may put the company at risk. On the other hand, some sectors that are able to take their game to arrive at attractive salaries to the right skills, "says he.

Rashid Imrith, union "Officials at the top of the wage scale are poorly paid"

Imrith Rashid, president of the Government General Services Union, noted that those at the bottom of the salary scale in the public sector are "leading" compared to those who occupy the same positions in the private sector. However, he argues, in the public, those from middle management up to receive less than their counterparts in the private sector. "They are underpaid compared to their colleagues.

We must catch up for positions of responsibility are the same, "he says. Another observation: "In the private sector, there is a stagnation in wages for those at the bottom of the wage scale while at middle management level to rise, salaries are negotiable, but there is a lack of transparency" . Hence his recommendation that there is a better redistribution of the financial envelope wages in the private and catching between the public and private sectors with respect to those at the bottom of the wage scale. "It would democratize wages in the private sector," he recommends.

Pradeep Dursun the MEF: "Wages have risen in the private sector"

Pradeep Dursun, Industrial Relations Adviser, the Mauritius Employers' Federation (MEF), denies any stagnation of wages in the private sector. "Wages have risen with wage compensation and in all areas where thirty Minimum Wage rate prescribed by law was revised upwards. The wage increase is applied to all employees in the private sector.

Even areas where there is no Remuneration Order increased wages from one year to another, "he is out. On the other hand, he argues, it has become a common practice that some companies reward their employees not only in terms of the increased cost of living, but also taking into account their performance. However, he says, it is a truth in times of crisis, "the ability to pay for the employer is not the same as profitable period."

"However, despite the crisis, companies continue to follow their social obligations to employees paying the NFP, NSF and Training Levy which represent 10-15% of the cost of labor," says it. It also highlights that there has been no "mass layoff."

"The companies maintain employment instead of laying in this period. They are cautious and have taken several initiatives to reduce costs (less energy, for example). Those who can afford it can provide more substantial increases. However, the most important in times of crisis is to save jobs. " Pradeep Dursun and concluded: "It is more important to have a job to look for a more substantial increase which subsequently will know the company in financial difficulties. '

Good to know

  • In the private sector, the salary is between 20% and 30% of costs.
  • The Pay Research Bureau (PRB) recommends the maximum salary in the public sector.
  • The National Remuneration Board (NRB) sets the minimum wage in the private sector.
  • Since 1982, the Pay Research Bureau has published six reports. The seventh will be released in October 2012 and implemented in January 2013.
  • The fixing of wages in the private sector is determined by market forces or through supply and demand. Negotiations are individually dependent on skills and profile of the employee and the company's request.
  • In the private sector, the wage is set by the Remuneration Orders made by the National Remuneration Board - the miminum wage rate of thirty private sectors is required by law. It is also influenced by negotiations with unions and other institutions such as the Commission for conciliation and mediation or the Employment Relations Tribunal.
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