Gov't considers increasing civil servant work hours

The government is considering increasing the official work hours for civil servants, Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has said.

Speaking at a ceremony held Monday to announce the minimum wage for Maldivian businesses, Minister Fayyaz said the minimum wage for permanent public sector employees had been set at MVR 7,000 per month, for six hours of work per day. The minister said the hourly rate for those working less than six hours per day is MVR 33.65.

Noting that the official work hours for civil servants are currently six hours per day, the minister said the Minimum Wage Board recommended increasing the work hours of civil servants to eight hours. The relevant authorities would deliberate on the recommendation in the coming days and come to a decision, the minister said,

As per the minister, introducing minimum wage would positively affect over 15,000 civil servants, almost half of the public sector workforce.