GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday November 8, 2019 – Government workers in Guyana can look forward to a bright Christmas this year, with an increase in salaries that will be retroactive to January 1 this year.
Minister of Finance Winston Jordan made the announcement yesterday, saying that there will be no one-off end of year bonus this time around, the retroactive salary increase will be applied to salaries for 2020 as well.
He said the government was seeking to bring salaries and benefits to a match jobs.
Since coming into office in 2015, the coalition government has increased public servants’ salaries by 62 per cent.
“In 2015, public servants were paid $50,000. The following year, they received $25,000. In 2017 and 2018, public servants received retroactive salary increases. The Christmas retroactive increase will increase this even further,” the government said in a statement.
The salary increase announcement was made a day after President David Granger said that he was awaiting word, from the Finance Minister, on the availability of funds to pay year-end bonuses.