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Revised Public Sector Workers Category 2 & 3 Allowance

Revised Public Sector Workers Category 2 & 3 Allowance

 

In a significant development for the Public Service, the Government and organized Labour reached an agreement on the revision of Categories 2 and 3 allowances. Revised Public Sector Workers Category 2 & 3 Allowance

As a result of this agreement, a harmonized and standardized set of revised rates for Categories 2 and 3 allowances will be implemented across all Government institutions in the Public Service, starting from the 1st January 2020 to 2024.

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Types of allowance

These revised rates cover various types of allowances, including Acting Allowance,

Additional Duty Allowance,

Overtime Allowance,

Call-In-Allowance,

Commuted Overtime Allowance,

Height/Depth Allowance,

Permanent Posting Allowance,

Temporary Posting Allowance,

Travelling Expense Allowance,

Tools Allowance, and more.

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Revised Rates

The revised rates for these allowances are as follows:

– Acting Allowance: The difference between the Officer’s salary and minimum salary point of the acting post or 20% of the monthly basic salary, whichever is higher.

– Additional Duty Allowance: 10% of the monthly basic salary.

Overtime Allowance: Working days: 1.5 times; Weekends and public holidays: Double Time.

– Call-In-Allowance: 10% of basic salary.

– Commuted Overtime Allowance: 20% of monthly basic salary.

– Height/Depth Allowance: 30-40 meters: GH¢2.80 per day; 41-60 meters: GH¢4.20 per day; 61-85 meters: GH¢5.60 per day; Additional 10 meters: GH¢2.80 per day.

– Permanent Posting Allowance: 3 months basic salary.

– Temporary Posting Allowance: Hotel accommodation for 3 months and 20% of monthly basic salary for 3 months.

– Travelling Expense Allowance: 7 tonnes at STC rate or any transport company appointed by Government.

– Tools Allowance: GH¢7.00 per working day.

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Other Allowances

In addition to these allowances, the agreement also covers other categories such as

Physically Challenged Guide,

Physically Challenged Transport,

Night/Out of Station Allowance,

Local Trips,

Foreign Trips,

Day Trip,

Vehicle Maintenance,

Kilometric Allowance,

Medical Subsidy,

Funeral Grant,

Uniform, and Protective Clothing.

The agreement sets specific rates for each of these categories, ensuring fair compensation for employees across the Public Service.

For example, Physically Challenged Guide and Physically Challenged Transport allowances will be provided at 20% of the monthly basic salary.

Night/Out of Station Allowance rates vary depending on the position, with Chief Directors receiving GH¢490.00 per night and Coordinating Directors/Chief Executives/Heads of Departments receiving GH¢420.00 per night.

Per diem

The revised rates also address the needs of employees on official trips. The per diem/stipend for Local Trips is GH¢175.00 per day for Senior Staff and GH¢145.00 per day for Junior Staff.

For Foreign Trips, the rates are GH¢210.00 per day for Chief Directors and GH¢280.00 per night for Senior Staff.

Employees will also receive allowances for Vehicle Maintenance, with rates varying depending on the mode of transportation. For instance, Car maintenance is set at GH¢210.00 per month, Motorcycle maintenance at GH¢70.00 per month, and Bicycle maintenance at GH¢28.00 per month.

Medical subsidies will also be provided to employees and their families through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS )

The revised rates also take into account specific factors, such as the height or depth at which an employee is required to work.

The Height/Depth Allowance will be determined based on the meters of the working area, with different rates for different ranges.

This acknowledges the potential risks and challenges associated with working at certain heights or depths, ensuring that employees are compensated accordingly.

Other Important Allowances

Additionally, the revised rates cover other important allowances, such as Temporary Posting Allowance and Travelling Expense Allowance.

These allowances are crucial in supporting employees who are required to work away from their usual location or travel for work purposes.

The rates have been set to cover expenses such as hotel accommodation and transportation costs, providing employees with the necessary support to carry out their duties effectively.

Funeral Grant

Furthermore, the revised rates include provisions for medical subsidies, funeral grants, uniforms, and protective clothing.

These allowances contribute to the well-being and welfare of employees, ensuring that they have access to appropriate medical care, financial support in times of bereavement, and necessary attire for their work.

Categories of allowance

There are four (4) categories of allowances under the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP)
for implementation in the Public Service.

Category 1 Allowances have been consolidated into the basic salaries on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

As part of the policy implementation, Categories 2 and 3 Allowances have been harmonized
and standardized in the Public Service.

The current rates were negotiated by the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee (PSJSNC) on 26th August, 2019 and their implementation is to take effect from 1st January, 2020. However, Category 4 Allowances have been monetized.

This document provides the definitions for these categories of allowances. It also sets
out the administrative rules and procedures that shall govern the implementation of
the negotiated rates of Categories 2 and 3 Allowances in the Public Service.

Revised Public Sector Workers Category 2 & 3 Allowance

The core or common Categories 2 and 3 Allowances are:

Acting Allowance;
Additional Duty Allowance;
Overtime Allowance;
Call-In Allowance;
Commuted Overtime Allowance;
Height/Depth Allowance;

Permanent Posting Allowance;
Temporary Posting Allowance;
Traveling Expenses Allowance;
Tools Allowance;
Physically Challenged Guide Allowance;

Physically Challenged Transport Allowance;
Night/Out Of Station Allowance;
Day Trip Allowance;
Per Diem/Stipend;
Warm Clothing Allowance;
Vehicle Maintenance Allowance;
Kilometric Allowance;
Medical Subsidy;
Funeral Grant;
Uniform Allowance; and
Protective Clothing Allowance.

Category 1 Allowances: These allowances are related to the normal duties, responsibilities and requirements of a job. As a result, they have been considered as compensable factors in the nationwide job evaluation exercise which were used to determine the relative worth of jobs and for which reason they no longer exist within the Public Service.

The Category 1 Allowances are:

Bilingual/Journalist Allowance;
Cashier Allowance;
Duty Allowance;
General Risk Allowance;
Hazard Allowance;
Risk and Unpopular Allowance;
Professional Allowance;
Responsibility Allowance;
Special Allowance;
Frontier Allowance; and
Honorarium Allowance (paid to all staff on a monthly basis and not based on
any special assignments)

Category 2 Allowances:

These are job-related allowances paid under special conditions and/or circumstances that arise from time to time, which require some form of compensation. Category 2 Allowances have been harmonized and standardized through negotiations.

The Category 2 Allowances are:

Acting Allowance;
Additional Duty Allowance;
Temporary Posting Allowance;
Permanent Posting Allowance;
Height/Depth Allowance;
Tools Allowance;
Overtime Allowance;

Teaching/Instruction Allowance;
Committee Sitting Allowance;
Training Allowance;
Inducement Allowance; and
Hardship Allowance.

Category 3 Allowances:

These are employee welfare-related allowances.
They are:

Physically Challenged Transport Allowance;
Physically Challenged Guide Allowance;
Medical Subsidy;
Funeral Grant;
Day Trip Allowance;
Meal/Ration Allowance;
Travel & Luggage Allowance;
Night subsistence/Out-of-Station Allowance;

Vehicle Maintenance Allowance;
Warm Clothing Allowance;

Uniform Allowance;

Overseas Officers Allowances; and
Protective Clothing.

Category 4 Allowances:

These are benefits provided to categories A and B
Public Service officeholders (Directors and above). These are:
Fuel;
Vehicle;
Housing/Accommodation;
Utilities (electricity, water, telephone);
Domestic/ House help;
Garden Boy;
Entertainment;
Clothing; and
Security.
These allowances are perks and as such are not to be negotiated but determined
from time to time by the employer.

Revised Public Sector Workers Category 2 & 3 Allowance

Source; MOF/ BD/CMU/09/SAL

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Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me
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