- MX11 and 12 grades - young officers to middle managers drawing $3,000 to $7,000 - get 10 percent;
- MX10 and "just below 9" - deputy director types drawing $6,000 to $10,000 - get 5 percent;
- MX9 grades - those drawing above $11,000 - no adjustment needed since they are already getting private sector salaries for doing public sector work
No wonder Gerald Giam was all befuddled when he thought the MX9 scheme was a straight forward salary scale, not tempered by some secretive formula tweaked to suit the political climate of the day. He said information about the MX9 salary scale was something "we are not privy to". Neither are we, the taxpayers, Mr Giam.
Meanwhile in the real world of the private sector, the 2012 Hays Salary Guide is saying that the Singapore workforce can expect an average salary increase of between 3 and 6 percent this year. It looks like they won't be having their chye tow kuay at Peach Garden outlets.