Vietnam’s public wages too low, cover a third of basic needs: official

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A civil cervant at work at the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Investment. Photo: Kha Hoa A civil cervant at work at the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Investment. Photo: Kha Hoa

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Wages for civil servants in Vietnam are too low and can only cover about one third of basic needs, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. 
“Salary reform has been limited and basic wages do not even afford basic necessities,” Ninh, also chairman of the national committee on salary reform, told a conference in Hanoi on Monday. 
The current basic salary, effective since in 2013, is VND1.15 million (US$54) per month. That is equal to 44 percent of the basic wage for non-public sectors. 
Ninh said there have been many actions to improve salaries for civil servants, including reviewing the payroll. 
Nguyen Thai Binh, Minister of Internal Affairs, said his ministry has drafted regulations on reducing the public sector personnel.
“People can retire easier and the staff is expected to be downsized by 10 percent by 2020,” he said.
The government has scheduled to increase basic wages in 2016.
Early this year, the government issued a decree that allows self financing in state-owned enterprises.

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