The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) is a government department that ensures that service-delivery mechanism, integrated systems and access, human resources, institutional development and government initiatives are responsive to the needs of the citizens.
Headed by Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who was appointed on 23 September2015, the department was in numerous news headlines in 2015.
In 2015, government and labour unions representing public servants met and agreed to a 7% salary adjustment for the 2015/2016 financial year. As of 21 April 2016, the Department of Public Service and Administration announced a salary increase (cost of living adjustment) of 7.6%.
The Salary Levels of 1 to 12 will be adjusted according to the agreed outcomes of the negotiations.
Amendments made to salary levels include an increase of the monthly housing allowance from R900 to R1100. The Medical Subsidy was also increased from R2760 to R3545.
Changes to the DPSA Salary Scales 2016 include:
Level 1: R6856 to R7254
Level 2: R7385 to R7814
Level 3: R8830 to R9342
Level 4: R10 464 to R11 071
Level 5: R12 511 to R13 237
The Minister stepped into the job when it the department was facing the challenge of salary increase demands. He is responsible for providing policy and strategic leadership to the public service to enhance the public service’s ability to deliver on government’s priorities and objectives.
Public servants play a crucial role in the efficient running of a country. The changes to the DPSA Salary Scales 2016 are sure to influence the operations of the public sector, with more individuals employed in this sector benefitting from increases. The increases should go a long way towards helping public servants to deliver on government’s objectives.
To find out more about the Department of Public Service and administration, visit www.dpsa.gov.za