Good news to all government employees!
Effective January 1, 2020, more than 1.4 million employees of the Philippine government — including public school teachers, nurses, doctors, and other civil service workers — are set to receive higher salaries with the approval of the new Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
On January 8, 2020, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte signed into law “Salary Standardization Law of 2019”, which will roll out four (4) tranches of annual salary increases for government workers beginning 2020 and lasting until 2023.
SSL 5 starts January 1, 2020
The first tranche of the newly-approved SSL 5 will be retroactive and will take effect beginning January 1, 2020. This means all eligible government employees will already receive this benefit as if the law was approved at the start of the year.
Under SSL 5, a government employee with Salary Grade 1, Step 1 (SG 1-1) will receive monthly salary of P11,551.00 starting January 2020 — an increase from the current monthly salary of P11,068.00.
SG 10-1 employees will now receive monthly salary of P20,219.00, while SG 20-1 employees will receive P52,703.00 monthly salary.
The highest ranked SG 33-2 employees will see their salary growing to P407,734.00 per month.
First Tranche: SSL 2020 Salary Grade (SG) Table
Here’s the new SG table for the year 2020 showing the first tranche of salary increases under the approved Salary Standardization Law of 2019. The salary increase is retroactive and takes effect starting January 1, 2020.
Second Tranche: SSL 2021 Salary Grade (SG) Table
The second tranche of salary increases will be implemented beginning January 1, 2021. The new salary grade table for SSL 2021 is as follows.
Third Tranche: SSL 2022 Salary Grade (SG) Table
The third tranche of SSL 5 will roll out effective January 1, 2022. The updated SG table for SSL 2022 is as follows.
Fourth Tranche: SSL 2023 Salary Grade (SG) Table
The fourth and final tranche of salary increases will take effect beginning January 1, 2023. The SSL 2023 Salary Grade (SG) table to be used is as follows.
Military personnel, etc. excluded from SSL coverage
The law prescribes the salary increase for “all civilian government personnel in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, Constitutional Commissions and other Constitutional Offices, Government-owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) not covered by Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10149, and local government units (LGUs)”
All government personnel — regardless if regular, contractual or casual, appointive or elective, and on full-time or part-time contract — are covered by the law.
Payment for employees engaged on a part-time basis shall receive compensation proportionate to the actual services rendered.
Casual personnel, meanwhile, shall receive daily wage which shall be computed by dividing the applicable monthly salary rate by twenty-two (22) working days.
However, the following employees are excluded from the law and shall receive salaries based on separate laws applicable to their compensation:
- (a) Military and uniformed personnel;
- (b) GOCCs under R.A. No. 10149 which shall be covered by a Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) established by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) and approved by the President of the Philippines; and
- (c) Individuals whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service, consultancy or service contracts with no employer-employee relationship.
Continuation of PNoy’s SSL 1 which started in 2016
Upon full implementation in 2023, basic salaries would have increased by a weighted average of 23.24%.
Employees ranked from Salary Grade (SG) 1 to 10 will receive a salary increase from 17.5% to 20.5% from 2020 until 2023.
Those ranked SG 11 to 15 will receive the highest increase, with their salaries growing by 20% to 30% over four years.
Meanwhile, those with higher ranks, specifically from SG 25 to 33, were allocated the lowest salary percentage increase at just 8%.
By signing the law, Pres. Duterte continued the annual salary increase for government workers initiated by former Pres. Noynoy Aquino, which started with SSL 1 in 2016 ending with SSL 4 in 2019.