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No pay raise for civil servants next year: DGPA

TAIPEI--There will be no pay raise for the nation's civil servants, public school teachers and military personnel next year, the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration (DGPA) said yesterday.

In light of the nation's economic situation being no better than it was in 2011 and as the burden of high personnel costs has not lessened, the DGPA said it has suggested the Executive Yuan that there be no salary hikes.

The Executive Yuan approved the suggestion recently.

The administration said that it has estimated the central government's expenditure will be NT$214.3 billion (US$7.18 billion) greater than its revenues in 2013, a situation even worse than the financial gap in 2011 and 2012.

If the government decided on a pay raise for civil servants, public school teachers and military personnel next year, the government deficit could be further widened, it said.

The ratio of personnel costs to total expenditure of the central government and local governments currently accounts for 21.7 percent and 22.34 percent, respectively, the DGPA said.

The pay raise could also lead to greater personnel costs for private enterprises, pushing them to cut their workforces and resulting in rising unemployment, the DGPA said.

The last pay raise, a 3 percent salary hike, for civil servants, public school teachers and military personnel was on July 1, 2011.

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