Concept

Some old Pay Scales

  • Base Pay
  • Cost of Living Allowance (CLA)
  • Pay Scale (specified as S – A – M) where
    S is the Starting Salary
    A is the Annual Increment
    M is the Maximum Salary (also known as Bar)

Typical Pay Scales (six decades ago)

  • Tutor or Demonstrator : 200 – 10 – 300
    Typical CLA = 97
    Starting pay is 200 + 97 = 297 Kyats
  • Lecturing Tutor :
    Gets 100 Kyats additional
    Starting pay is 397 Kyats
  • Assistant Lecturer (AL) : 350 – 25 – 700
    Typical CLA = 89
    Starting pay is 350 + 89 = 439 Kyats
  • Lecturer : 800 – 50 – 1200
    No CLA
    Has access to staff shop
    Can spend 10% of salary at the staff shop
  • Professor: 1300
    No Annual Increment
    No CLA
    Has access to “staff shop”
    May be eligible for a house in the Campus

Changes

  • CLA was abolished
  • Tutor gets a Starting Salary of 320 Kyats
  • Assistant Lecturer gets a Starting Salary of 450 Kyats
  • New positions and/or scales were introduced

Examples:

  • Gazetted officer: 450 scale & above
  • Engineering Instructor: 450 – 25 – 700 [“new” position]
  • Assistant Lecturer: 450 – 25 – 700 [“new” scale]
  • Lecturer: 800 – 40 – 1000 [“new” scale]
  • Associate Professor: 1000 – 50 – 1200 [“new” position]
  • Professor : 1300 [“old” position and scale]

Observation

  • A hybrid system (Professor, Associate Professor & Lecturer) was adopted instead of the more common system (Professor, Associate Professor & Assistant Professor)
  • Some departments saw
    Gyar scale: 500 – 30 – 800 [“new” scale]
  • It took longer to get promoted.
    e.g. An Engineering Instructor needs to become Assistant Lecturer (with no visible increase in pay) before becoming Lecturer.
  • The pay raises due to a promotion were no longer substantial (especially with the high cost of living and the decline of the purchasing power of Kyat).
  • Several sayas who were Lecturers (when I was a student) retired as Lecturers.
  • Several sayas retired as Assistant Lecturers.
    In contrast, one saya became Associate Dean in Thailand.

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