The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has released a report on earnings inequality in the public sector, which shows that 80% of public sector workers in Ghana earn less than 3000ghc per month. Out of 688,000 public sector employees, 533,179 of them earn less than 3000ghc, while only 6,225 people earn over 10,000ghc per month. The report also reveals that the top 10% of earners in the public sector receive 22% of total salaries paid by the government, while the overall average salary of a public sector worker is 2,594ghc.
Government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, states that the findings reveal a significant income inequality issue in Ghana’s public sector. One could view the public sector compensation system as unfair. There are concerns about the government’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers in the public sector.
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Policymakers must carefully review the report’s findings. It is crucial that they develop strategies to address income inequality and promote equitable compensation. Policymakers should also aim to make the compensation system competitive in the public sector. This issue could have broader implications for social and economic development in Ghana.
The report highlights the need for the government to provide support and incentives for public sector workers to meet their basic needs and support their families. Policymakers should explore strategies such as a living wage policy, career advancement opportunities, and non-wage benefits like healthcare. To help public sector workers meet their basic needs and improve their standard of living, the government can take these steps.
The GSS report highlights the need for policymakers to ensure fair compensation for public sector workers and address income inequality.
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