Entry-level jobs pay more in Central government

Entry-level jobs pay more in Central government:

Lower-ranked Central government employees draw significantly higher salaries than their counterparts in the private sector but in the upper tier the reverse is true, says an IIM-Ahmedabad study commissioned by the Seventh Pay Commission.

The ‘Salary Comparison Study’ conducted in October 2015 examined 40 professions, including nurses, teachers, scientists, electricians, drivers and clerks. It found the salaries of gardeners, clerks, receptionists and drivers lower in the private sector.

For instance, a driver in the private sector typically earns around Rs. 12,000 a month, while an entry-level driver in government service earns around Rs. 25,000, including additional benefits and allowances.

Even qualified professionals working with the government at the entry level are paid more.

Government doctors with an MBBS degree get Rs. 80,500 a month while their counterparts in the private sector are paid only Rs. 50,000.

Value for experience

But the trend gets reversed with greater experience and higher skill sets.

The private sector pays much more to highly skilled professionals.

A doctor with an M.D. or M.S. degree and 15 years of experience in the private sector is paid Rs. 3,70,000 a month compared to Rs. 1,60,000 in the government. The fatter pay cheque is because of advanced skills as well as a scarcity of specialists, the report says. Same is the case with engineers with expertise in niche technologies, executing critical roles. Private firms pay them much higher as they are difficult to retain, it says.



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