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10% pay rise for Sharjah government employees, retroactive from last January

Salaries of Sharjah government employees to be increased by 10% retroactively from January 2018

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Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah

Sharjah: His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has directed officials concerned to increase the salaries of Sharjah government employees by 10 per cent retrospectively from the beginning of January, it was announced on Saturday.

The pay hike also applies to non-Emiratis working for the Sharjah government.

The government has allocated Dh600 million in the budget for this purpose, according to a press release by Sharjah Government Media Bureau.

Dr Tariq Sultan Bin Khadim, member of the Sharjah Executive Council and chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources, made the announcement during an interview with Sharjah TV and Radio.

Based on the new pay structure, the Sharjah government will have eight grades.

Grade 8 has been fixed as the lowest grade with a minimum salary of Dh17,500 per month for employees who do not have a secondary school certificate.

Employees categorised in Grade 1 will receive Dh30,500.

Dr Shaikh Sultan had announced in December last year a salary increase for Emirati employees of the Government of Sharjah.

Dr Khadim had then said that the new pay structure would apply to retirees as well, who receive their pensions from the General Pension and Social Security Authority. He had called on those who retired between 2003 and November 2017 to update their details at the Directorate of Human Resources.

Last December, the surprise news was announced during the ‘Direct line programme’ on Sharjah Radio and Television.

Saturday’s new announcement regarding the pay increase also applies to expatriate employees of the government sector in Sharjah.