The government of Ghana has increased the salaries of public sector workers by 23% effective January, 2023. Let’s take a look at the salary of the highest paid GES teacher.
Teachers and other staff members of GES do not take the same salary. They are being paid based on their ranks. The higher your rank, the higher your salary. You could have PHD, but if your rank in GES is low, you will receive a lesser salary.
Currently, the least-paid GES worker takes home a net salary of GH¢434.01 while the highest-paid worker takes home a net salary of GH¢8,271.95.
However, following the salary increment by 23% which takes effect next year, the salary of the highest paid GES teacher will be GH¢10,090.09. This salary is usually for the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, who is also regarded as a teacher.
This comes after workers in Ghana witnessed an increment in their basic pay, by 23%
This increment will take effect from January 1, 2024. The 23 percent is the one of the biggest increment organised labour has secured out of negotiations with the government since 2010 when the government increased the base pay by 20 percent and again by the same margin in 2011.
Since the current administration came to power in 2017, the highest increment has been 30 percent, which was secured in 2023.
Download the full 2024 salary structure of GES teachers and staff here.
The agreement was made on 14th November, 2023 between the Government of Ghana, represented by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), and Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Organized Labour comprising workers Unions, Associations, and Institutions within the Public Service of Ghana (hereinafter called (“Labour”) of the other part.
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Both parties have concluded the following negotiations for the 2024 Single Spine Salary Structure Base Pay
1. That the Base Pay on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) has been increased by 23% across board from January 2024 to June 2024
2. That from July 2024 to December 2024 the Base Pay would be readjusted to 25%.
Labor advocated for a 45 percent increase in base pay, which would subsequently raise overall salaries.