High wages in government

The high wages of officials in the government sector continue to make headlines. The media is focusing on the high wages in the electricity sector now that the government is adjusting electricity rates to accommodate new costs.

Recently, the Listin Diario published the wage increases in the Superintendency of Electricity that led to the revoking of the latest wage increase to benefit the high officials.

Noticias SIN points to another example of wage raises in government. Now it is known that the National Energy Commission increased salaries by RD$4.3 million. Three more persons were hired to work in the international and inter-institutional relations department, up from one person in the past, for RD$264,375 more in the monthly payroll. Noticias SIN reports the high-up employees at the National Energy Commission also received significant wage increases coinciding with the increases in the electricity rates.

Noticias SIN reports that as of June 2022, the payroll at the National Energy Commission is RD$18.8 million a month, 30% more than the RD$14.5 million at the change of administration.

The director Edward Antonio Veras Díaz as of June 2022 continues to receive a high wage of RD$500,000. The law establishes that no public employee is authorized to make more than the President of the Republic who makes RD$450,000.

Meanwhile, the executive management of the National Energy Commission increased the number of designated advisors to eight, which meant an increase of RD$1,425,000 in only six positions.

On the other hand, the head of the Human Resources Department went from earning RD$175,000 in August 2020 to RD$190,000 in June 2022.

The current director of the financial administration of the CNE earns a salary of RD$215,000, up from RD$190,000 in 2020.

Almost two years ago the director and the deputy legal director of the CNE earned RD$190,000 and RD$150,000, respectively. As of June of 2022, the positions now pay RD$215,000 and RD$175,000.

The officials’ wages are especially high in a country where most people make on average RD$25,000 for a full month’s work.

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Noticias SIN

Listin Diario

27 July 2022