Friday, September 11, 2009

Headmen salary increase now official

Back in February I reported on the planned salary increase for the subdistrict and village headmen, their assistants and the subdistrict doctor. I now discovered the publication in the Royal Gazette which officially announces the new salaries. It was published on September 10, and is titled "ระเบียบกระทรวงมหาดไทยว่าด้วยการเบิกจ่ายเงินตอบแทนตำแหน่ง และเงินอื่น ๆ ให้แก่กำนัน ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน แพทย์ประจำตำบล สารวัตรกำนัน ผู้ช่วยผู้ใหญ่บ้านฝ่ายปกครอง และผู้ช่วยผู้ใหญ่บ้านฝ่ายรักษาความสงบ (ฉบับที่ ๕) พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๒" (Ministry of Interior regulation on disclosure of payment for rank and other for subdistrict headmen, subdistrict doctor, assistant subdistrict headmen, village headmen, assistant village headmen - revision 5, B.E. 2552). The salary is increased in two steps, first on October 1 2009 and the second step on October 1 2010.

And since this announcement is revision 5, I also checked the older revisions and could use them to follow the salary for these posts since 2003. One can see the payment did rise quite significantly - more than a 100% rise in these 6 years. Compared with the inflation rate of around 4% annually this raise was way above inflation compensation.

Subdistrict headman฿ 3,500฿ 4,000฿ 5,000฿ 7,500฿ 10,000
Village headman฿ 2,500฿ 3,000฿ 4,000฿ 6,000฿ 8,000
Subdistrict doctor฿ 1,800฿ 2,000฿ 2,500฿ 3,750฿ 5,000
Deputy subdistrict headman฿ 1,800฿ 2,000฿ 2,500฿ 3,750฿ 5,000
Deputy village headman฿ 1,800฿ 2,000฿ 2,500฿ 3,750฿ 5,000

The 2003 announcement refers to an older regulation dated from 1989 as being the being invalidated by that act, however I failed to find that one or any other similar older ones in the Royal Gazette archive.

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