Higher pay for State employees as of mid 2012

The basic salary for civil servants will be raised from VND830,000 per month to VND1.05 million as of May 1, 2012, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The service allowance will also be increased to 25 percent of the salary from 10 percent.

At a workshop in HCM City on December 20, experts described the current minimum salary level as too low to meet employees’ basic needs.

Doan Cuong, Head of the Salary Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs, said if the civil servant salary is too low, it will likely lead to negative practices among civil servants such as corruption and brain drain.

The Ministry has proposed three basic salary levels of VND1.68 million, VND2 million, and VND3.15 million for state employees in the 2013-2020 period.