Tanzania's civil servants earn more than private ones - NBS

Public sector workers on average earn more than their counterparts in the private sector, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has revealed.

The survey covering ten years to 2014, gives the summary of key indicators of employment and earnings in the formal sector, Tanzania mainland. 

The report, issued by NBS, dubbed Employment and Earnings Survey Results 2015 shows that public worker on average earns 829,857/- against 334,017/- monthly of those in the private sector.

The salary discrepancy between genders in both public and private sectors is very minimal though males are earning slightly higher than women. The data show that males on public sector earns 854,022 per month compared to 755,308/- of females.

On other hand, private sector workers males are pocketing 358,989/- against 325,976/- of females. Some economists have it that the public sector higher earnings includes allowances and other fringe benefits.

“The [NBS] figures tells us that an employee is better off if he or she works in public sector than in private sector,” an economist said. However, the annual wage bill for the public sector is 8.04tri/- compared to private sector 13.93tri/- despite the later being the biggest employer.

At the end of last year, the total employment stood at 2,141,351, where males dominated the list. Female comprised almost half of the total working force. While the gap between public and private sectors was almost half.

The public employed 708,366 workers compared to 1,432,985 workers on private sector. Under normal economical circumstances, analysts urged, the private sector is leading zone thus ought to lead in employment volume.

“The government normally creates conducive investment environment for the private sector to flourish thus creating more jobs than itself,” the economist said. The manufacturing sector is leading the top three with 423,081 working force, followed by education with 366,125 and agriculture, forests and fishing 117, 708 people.

The three sectors at the bottom of employment is mining sector 24,519 workers, construction 51,398 people and transport and storage 65,815. Dar es Salaam is the biggest employer, in terms of cities, with 720,480 workers, then Morogoro 259,749 and third on the list is Arusha with 134,641 workforce.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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