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Chinese Civil Servants Get Over 60% Pay Raise, Reactions

Sign: "Call for pay increase!"
Bowl: "Civil Servant"
Sign: "Call for pay increase!"Bowl: "Civil Servant"
Sign: “Call for pay increase!”
Bowl: “Civil Servant”

From NetEase:

Hong Kong Media: Mainland Civil Servants To Receive Over 60% Pay Increase This Year

Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po reports — This paper’s journalist obtained information yesterday that the long called-for bill increasing salaries for mainland civil servants has finally been enacted, its scope involving everyone from clerical workers to national leaders, with the adjustments starting from 2014 October, with salaries disbursed in January this year including retroactive pay for the fourth quarter of last year. The salary adjustment bill shows that the basic salary (position wages plus level wages, hereafter) for national-level officials has increased from 7,020 yuan [RMB] to 11,385 yuan; while the lowest level clerical personnel’s basic salary has increased from 630 yuan to 1,320 yuan. The bill also makes clear that civil servant salaries shall henceforth generally be adjusted once every year or every two years.

An expert has pointed out to this paper’s reporter that this is the first time salaries have increased for civil servants in many years, that the increases look large on the surface, but due to many years of there having been no increases with overall inflation and other factors, the income for civil servants after the salary increase is actually appropriate and reasonable. What more, these salary increases being biased towards basic-level civil servants is one of the highlights of this bill.

Increases in allowances frozen, a portion of which have been merged into basic salary

The new civil servant salary increase legislation was handed down by the State Council on January 12th. The legislation indicates that this salary adjustment for civil servants is calculated beginning from 2014 October 1. While increases the salaries for civil servants at all levels, increases in allowances and subsidies have been frozen, emphasizing that departments at all levels may not increase the levels and standards of allowances and subsidies on their own, and must strictly implement the subsidy reform policies and performance-based bonus policy stipulated by the central government.

The bill indicates that the increase in salaries will at the same time include some allowances and subsidies being merged into those basic salaries. After the adjustment, among mainland civil servants, the basic salary for the highest national-level government officials will increase from 7,020 yuan to 11,385 yuan, while the basic salaries of the lowest level clerical workers will increase from 630 yuan to 1320 yuan. This shows a trend in the percentage of increase for basic-level civil servants being larger. Furthermore, after the regulations on allowances and subsidies, the allowances and subsidies for provincial-level government officials have been reduced by 650 yuan, and 220 yuan for clerical staff.

Additionally, this time the central government has established a clear regular adjustment mechanism for civil servant basic salaries. The bill points out that basic salaries for civil servants henceforth shall be adjusted once every year or two years, with changes based on comprehensive consideration of factors including national economic development, state finances, and changes in prices. If there are financial crises, serious disasters, or such extraordinary situations, adjustment of basic salaries are postponed.

Applicants to take the Jiangsu province civil servant exam.
Applicants to take the Jiangsu province civil servant exam.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易湖北省孝感市网友 [老百姓不容易]:

Honestly, our the wages for our civil servant are indeed rather low. Migrant workers on construction sites these days can make 7,000-8,000 kuai [RMB] every month. Are we [civil servants] inferior to migrant workers when it comes to our contributions to the country? Are those [government employees] who built our nuclear weapons really no better than those selling tea eggs [street vendors]?

红蓝骑士 [网易山西省长治市网友]: (responding to above)

Can you not be so disgusting? Your contributions to the country really aren’t necessarily more than migrant workers. I’ve also worked in a government office, and even though it was only as a temporary worker, there’s no need for me to say what so-called basic-level civil servants are doing every day, because you already know. And comparing yourself to those who built nuclear weapons, can you really?

75985761 75985761 [网易湖南省网友]: (also responding to 老百姓不容易)

Then you go to construction sites and move bricks, and vacate your position for someone else.

风云天下0083 [网易广东省中山市网友]: (yet also responding to 老百姓不容易)

The majority of migrant workers can do the work of civil servants. Conversely, are you willing to go do the work of migrant workers? Do civil servants rely on their salary to live? Laughable! Either way, I’ve seen a lot of civil servants with “monthly salaries” of 3000 [RMB] with both houses and cars, while a programmer with a monthly salary of 6000 is renting!!!!

除了打酱油还能做什么 [网易广西桂林市网友]:

Village chief indicates he has never cared about how much his wages are.

世界上最受人民爱戴的首相 [网易天津市网友]:

The rural peasants have never had their wages increased.
Who will increase the wages for laborers?
Who will increase the wages for the unemployed?

喂奶的孩子 [网易云南省玉溪市网友]:

Can I pay 10,000 a month to apply for a deputy departmental position?

376984457 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Do civil servants even need that bit of salary?

黄养斋 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

The bill also makes clear that salaries for civil servants henceforth shall be adjusted once every year or two. There’s hope, support.

大嘴爸 [网易湖北省孝感市网友]:

Honestly, our the wages for our civil servant are indeed rather low. Migrant workers on construction sites these days can make 7,000-8,000 kuai [RMB] every month. Are we [civil servants] inferior to migrant workers when it comes to our contributions to the country? Are those [government employees] who built our nuclear weapons really no better than those selling tea eggs?

[Note: This comment is identical to the one above but made by a different commenter. Roughly half of the votes on this comment and the one below are downvotes.]

网易山西省忻州市网友 ip:118.79.*.*

This must be supported. The wages of basic-level civil servants are indeed pitifully low. High salaries to discourage corruption is in line with international circumstances.

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