Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 50 percent salary rise for officials

50 percent salary rise for officials

50 percent salary rise for officials

Some 45,000 district, commune and village officials are expected to receive a 50 percent salary increase as of next month.

According to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen in October and seen by The Post on Monday, commune officials will be paid up to 120,000 riels [about US$30] per month as of January, and village officials will receive up to 50,000 riels [about $12] per month.

Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said yesterday that the increase was in line with the Kingdom’s rising economy and would help improve the living standards of officials.

Som Sakhon, chief of Koy Trabek commune in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Rieng town, welcomed the pay rise, noting that currently officials “have so much work and get a little bit of salary”.

“The salary is not suitable to [how much] we work,” he said.

Prak Sophany, executive director of the Cambodian Civil Society Partnership, an NGO involved in promoting local governance, said low salaries were a common complaint among officials.

“Even though the 50 percent increase is little, it is positive,” she said, adding that it would encourage officials to work harder.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Police warn boycott FB group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign”

    Police said on Tuesday that they will pick up members of a Facebook group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign” that promotes a boycott of next month’s national elections. However, police merely planned to “educate” the group for now, but warned that if the

  • Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk

    THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk