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$56 mil. jump in allocation for govt wages, salaries

The government has allocated $56 million more for wages and salaries in the 2022/2023 fiscal year than was allocated in the current year.

In his budget communication on Wednesday, Prime Minister Philip Davis announced an increase in salary for most public servants as part of the government’s strategy to cushion the impact of the global inflation crisis.

The total sum in wages and salaries budgeted in the upcoming fiscal year is $731 million, up from the $675 million in 2021/2022.

There are increases in over 40 ministries and departments.

The Ministry of Finance has the largest jump with wages and salaries moving from $19 million in 2021/2022 to $50 million in the upcoming fiscal year.

In that ministry, salaries for permanent and pensionable employees went from $5 million to $5.1 million.

Salaries for contract workers decreased from $2.7 million to $2.6 million.

New appointments of monthly employees went from $1 million in 2021/2022 to $9.9 million in 2022/2023.

Salary adjustments increased from $9.2 million to $20 million. The amount budgeted for summer employment increased from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.

There is a new $10 million line item for employee pension contributions.

Wages and salaries also increased in the Office of the Prime Minister, going from $3.6 million in 2021/2022 to $4.3 million in the new fiscal year.

The largest increase was in contract workers, which increased from $1.87 million to $2.4 million.

The Ministry of Public Service saw an increase from $28.7 million to $29.7 million.

Salaries for permanent and pensionable employees increased from $4.6 million to $6.9 million.

Salaries for contract workers also increased from $3.4 million to $6.4 million.

The amount budgeted at the Customs Department also jumped from $23 million to $25 million, with the line item, new monthly employees, moving from $900,000 in 2021/2022 to $3 million in 2022/2023.

The Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs saw an increase in wages and salaries from $7.4 million to $8.5 million. The salaries of contract workers went from $1.3 million to $3.1 million.

Increases were also seen in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, from $9.5 million to $11 million; the Department of Public Health, from $30 million to $36 million; the Department of Immigration, from $18 million to $22 million; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from $10 million to $12 million.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contract worker salaries went from $1.5 million in 2021/2022 to $3.4 million.

At the Department of Public Health, salaries for contract workers increased from $1.1 million to $3 million and a new $4.8 million line item for new monthly employees was added.

Fifteen ministries and departments saw decreases in wages and salaries, including the Department of Social Services, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Works, the Senate, and Cabinet Office.

The Treasury Department saw a decrease in wages and salaries from $12 million in 2021/2022 to $9.5 million in 2022/2023. The reduction is largely attributable to the decrease in salaries of permanent and pensionable workers, down from $12.9 million to $8 million.

Debate on the budget starts on June 1.

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Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.

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