Tanzania has approved a 23.3% increase in the minimum wage, seeking to protests about the high cost of living.
The last time civil servants enjoyed a salary increment was seven years ago.
“The salary increment was approved considering the country’s gross domestic product, domestic revenue and developments in both the local and global economies,” the presidency said.
As a result of the increment in the financial year 2022/2023, the Government of Tanzania plans to spend TSh9.7 trillion to pay salaries of civil servants in the Central Government, Local Government, Institutions and Government agencies.
As a result, the proposed increment will push government wage bill in 2022/23 by TSh1.59 trillion equivalent to 19.51% compared to the budget for the financial year 2021/22.
Early this month, Morocco also announced an increase in the minimum wage of public and private sector workers. The minimum monthly wage in the public sector will be raised 16%, whereas the private sector minimum monthly wage will be raised by 10% within two years.
In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta also increased the minimum wage by 12% with effect from 1st May 2022, seeking to cushion workers against further erosion of their purchasing power, attributed to increased cost of living.
Government of Zanzibar to increase the minimum wage of public servants by between 15.6% 19% in Zanzibar.