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The newly created Public Service Super annuation Scheme that will kick off in January 2021 will impact so negatively on civil servants’ pay slips since they will suffer pay cuts. This is a move that was proposed by cabinet secretary for labour, Ukur Yatani to reduce the pension burden shouldered by the Exchequer. Under the current pension scheme, civil servants, unlike workers in the private sector, do not contribute to their pension since their benefits are paid from taxes.

Public Service Super annuation scheme, which will be rolled out from January 2021, will affect all civil servants including; teachers, police officers and prison officers.

The targeted group in the Public Service Super annuation scheme are employees who will be 45 years old and below as at 1st January 2021. However, the employees above 45 years who feel interested in the new scheme will be free to apply for inclusion. Those aged 45 years and above will remain in the old scheme, which will be closed to all new employees.

All government employees will be required to contribute 7.5% of their basic pay towards the new pension scheme and the government will subsidize with a contribution of 15% towards the same.

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The teachers’ service commission, TSC, is determined to protect teachers against the negative impacts of the new pension scheme in teachers’ pay slips. That is why the pension scheme will be pegged on the basic salary and not gross salary. The balance in the basic salary after the pension deduction, plus the sum of all allowances, will be the new taxable income. This might significantly reduce PAYE since it will affect the tax brackets downwards, for some employees. Others may remain in their current tax brackets, but with a lower taxable income. Pegging the pension deduction on basic salary will also help the employees to evade double taxation of pension contributions and payouts.

The scheme will be implemented in a period of three years: In the first year, teachers will contribute 2% of their basic salary and the government will contribute 15%. During the first year of implementation, the male teachers will be cushioned by stopping WCPS deductions. In the second year, the teacher will contribute 5%, and the government 15%.Finally in the third year, the teacher will be deducted 7.5% but the government will give 15%. This will then be effected till the teacher retires.

Male civil servants usually contribute to the Widows and orphans pension scheme, WCPS, which is expected to end in January 2021, upon rolling out the Public Service Super annuation scheme. Once stopped, the WCPS, which is usually 2% of the basic salary, will be added to the current basic salaries. Being that the first implementation phase of the Public Service Super annuation scheme will be 2 % of the basic salary, the returned WCPS will cause a neutralization effect on the male civil servants’  basic salaries. No change therefore is expected on the basic salaries of male civil servants within the first year of implementing the Public Service Super annuation scheme. From January 2021, the salary scales for male teachers are as summarized below.

J.G Current scale After phase 1 of pension scheme
B5 21,756-27,195 21,756-27,195
C1 27,195-33,994 27,195-33,994
C2 34,955-43,694 34,955-43,694
C3 43,154-53,946 43,154-53,946
C4 52,300-55,604 52,300-55,604
C5 62,272-64,631 62,272-64,631
D1 77,840-85,269 77,840-85,269
D2 91,041-104,345 91,041-104,345
D3 104,644-118,210 104,644-118,210
D4 118,242-121,890 118,242-121,890
D5 131,380-157,656 131,380-157,656

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