BANGKOK, 4 September 2011 – ฺThe Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is planning to seek an additional budget for the BMA staff’s pay rise in the next fiscal year.
According to deputy Bangkok governor Teerachon Manomaipibul, the BMA needs three billion THB more in order to cover the extra spending resulting from the wage hike.
Mr. Teerachon explained that BMA employees currently receive the same rates of pay which already represents 39 percent of the BMA’ s budget while the law stipulates that the BMA is allowed to spend no more than 40 percent of its budget on employing staff.
The BMA has 30,000 permanent employees and 60,000 temporary employees. To be able to pay staff with a bachelor’s degree 15,000 THB a month and to raise the daily wages to 300 baht per day as required by the government would mean that three billion THB more should be added to its budget.
Executives of the BMA have planned to meet Deputy PM and Interior Minister Yongyut Wichaidit to discuss the issue on September 6.