Malaysian Nor Mohamad loved her job with a major Western tech company. But she gave it up after two years, tired of bickering with her parents who felt she’d be better off in the public service. “It’s boring but stable,” said the master’s degree holder, who is in her thirties and asked not to be fully identified, citing government policy. “Even though I’m not so in love with the job, I’m thankful that in this economic situation there’s no bad impact to my career.” Malaysia’s civil service employs 1.6 million people, or about 11 percent of the labor force. The jobs provide stability and security, including for ethnic Malays who are the majority of the population. Now the bloated bureaucracy presents a challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib, whose ruling coalition Barisan Nasional has been in power for nearly 60 years with the help of the Malay vote, has pledged to gradually narrow a budget deficit the country has … [Read more...] about Bloated Malaysia civil service presents headache for Najib
Civil servants bonuses
VietNamNet Bridge - Da Nang City People's Committee has issued the recruitment plan of administrative civil servants in 2012. Accordingly, candidates who do not currently work at state agencies in the city must graduate from colleges before 2011 with excellent marks. For candidates who hold post-university diplomas, their diplomas must be from good level or higher, with specialized trainings that are appropriate to the positions and they must be 35 years of age. For candidates who are recruited under the project to attract high-quality human resources and those who are trained under Projects 47, 393 (projects to develop high-quality human resources) and are recruited by state agencies in the city must assessed as good or more. Candidates who are heroes of the armed forces, labor heroes, war invalids, the beneficiaries of policies for war invalids will have 30 bonus points. Ethnic minority people, police officers, professional soldiers, specialized workers, children of war … [Read more...] about Da Nang’s civil servants must be top-grade university graduates
VietNamNet Bridge - State owned school teachers may feel affected with the modest Tet bonuses of several hundreds of thousands of dong, while their colleagues at international schools can get up to thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, Le Thi Oanh, Headmaster of the Hanoi - Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, the most reputable school in Hanoi, said every teacher of the school would receive VND500,000 and a bunch of flowers. Oanh said unlike private schools, state owned schools, which follow the bookkeeping mechanism set by the Ministry of Finance, do not have the funds to reward teachers. The school's teachers do not expect too much on Tet bonuses, because they know the bonuses would be no more than VND300,000-500,000. Nguyen Thi Thanh from the Bich Hoa Secondary School in Thanh Oai district confirmed that she would get VND500,000 like in the previous years. Those, who got excellent achievements in 2013, would get an additional sum of VND50,000 or VND100,000. Thanh went on to say … [Read more...] about How much do teachers get for Tet bonuses?
While employees at many businesses are happily enjoying their Tet bonuses, most teachers and civil servants in the education sector have been given a very modest amount for Tet. Worse, in many areas, salaries have also been delayed. This was claimed by Mr. Trinh Thang Manh, head of the Social Policy Division under the Vietnam Education Trade Union, in an interview with Sai Gon Giai Phong. SGGP:What do you think about the small Tet bonus that teachers have received this year, which is as little as VND30,000 ($1.7) for pre-school teachers, while civil servants in other sectors receive much higher bonuses? Mr. Manh: The payment of bonus to teachers depends on the financial ability of local authorities and schools, a Tet bonus is not an expense covered by the budget and is not compulsory. Therefore, in many areas, the rate of bonus is very low, particularly for pre-school and primary teachers. In cities, a school can pay a VND300,000-500,000 ($17-29) bonus, but in rural and … [Read more...] about Teachers suffer delayed pay, low Tet bonus
VietNamNet Bridge - The teachers of some schools in HCM City receive VND6-20 million as Tet bonus. Meanwhile, the concept of "Tet bonus" remains unfamiliar to the teachers in the highland. While the teachers of many schools refuse to give answers to the question about Tet bonus, the teachers of the Tay Thanh High School in HCM City would show off that they receive VND17-20 million this Tet. Meanwhile, a Vietnamese person would be considered a "high income earner" if he has the monthly income of VND10 million or higher. In principle, teachers receive pay from the State budget, and schools are the state's agencies, while the state budget does not have Tet bonus fund for state's civil servants. However, some schools still can offer Tet bonuses to their officers, because they have extra income which does not come from the state budget. Some schools earn their money by leasing a part of their area to retailers for money. Others organize foreign language evening classes or … [Read more...] about Tet bonus: the stories of the teachers in the lowland and highland