Workers in Malaysia’s public healthcare sector will soon get pay raise from July this year. An estimated 56,300 employees will see their monthly base salaries increased between 3 and 14 percent.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the raise will be adjusted in phases over the next two years. Nurses will get a higher pay raise (from 5 to 14 percent), while allied health professionals, pharmacists as well as administrative and ancillary staff members, including support care employees, will get a raise of 3 to 7 percent this year.
During a debate on the ministry’s budget on Friday (March 8), MOH will also increase funding support to publicly-funded community care organisations. About 20,800 staff members are estimated to benefit from this funding support. The ministry will work with the Agency for Integrated Care and the community care organisations to effect these changes over the next two years.
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Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Health, told Parliament that the pay increments were to ensure that salaries remain competitive and continue to attract and retain “quality talent” into the sector, Today Online reports.
“Our healthcare workforce is the lifeblood of our healthcare system, and the work that they do is critical in protecting the health of our society,” he added.
While doctors and dentists did not get a salary adjustment this time round, MOH said that their salary competitiveness is being monitored. There will be a review in the future when adjustments are necessary. “We will continue to monitor the progress of our yearly training intakes and grow our healthcare workforce in a sustainable manner,” MOH said.
Further, MOH said that the salary increases will also apply to the starting salaries of those who just graduated and joined public healthcare institutions before July this year. Right now, the starting salary of nurses holding a diploma is S$2,300, and that of Nitec-trained nurses is S$1,740, excluding employer contributions to the Central Provident Fund, bonuses and other variable components.
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