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Salary Scale And Structure Of The Federal Civil Service

Salary Scale And Structure Of The Federal Civil Service

Are you interested in finding out how much federal civil servants earn? This post covers the salary structure of the federal civil service. Before we proceed let’s take you back to the history of the federal civil service.

History of the federal civil service

Following the approval of the Nigerianisation Commission Report on January 1, 1949, the Central Public Service Board was established. The board’s principal job was to interview and recommend applicants for appointment or promotion to the Governor-General from both inside and outside the service. 

A Civil Service Commissioner, the Director of Education or his representative, and one official representative from each Regional Board made comprised the Board. It was, however, given the authority to appoint two more members if necessary.

On the 3rd of May, 1952, a caretaker Central Public Service Commission was established under section 169 of the Nigerian Order-in-Council (Constitution) of 1951. This was a temporary group formed at the Governor-request General’s to advise him on issues affecting the Public Service. 

As a result of a provision made under section 174 of the Nigerian Order-in-Council (Constitution) of 1954, the Federal Public Service Commission was founded on April 1, 1954.

The order stated that the Governor-General could refer to the Commission, the appointment of any person to an Office in the Federation’s Public Service, the dismissal or disciplinary control of officers in the Federation’s Public Service, or any other matter that, in his opinion, affected the Federation’s Public Service (either generally or specifically and in whatever manner he saw fit). 

This effectively granted the Commission jurisdiction to cover all existing and unestablished posts for which money was allotted in the Federal Annual Estimates. At this point, the Commission was merely an advisory body whose primary responsibility was to advise the Governor-General. 

The situation altered in 1956 when the enabling legislation was amended to provide the Commission the authority to appoint, promote, transfer, second, dismiss, or otherwise discipline Officers of specific grades. 

Under section 140(b) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution of 1979, the name of the commission was changed from Federal Public Service Commission to Federal Civil Service Commission.

In January 1985, the Federal Government announced its intention to establish a Customs, Immigration, and Prisons Service Board, which would, among other things, remove the Civil Servants of the Services concerned from the Federal Civil Service Commission’s jurisdiction. 

The Nigeria Customs Service and Immigration Boards, as well as the Prisons and Civil Defence Corps Boards, were later created by the government. This was also true of other organizations and institutions, such as the Federal Inland Revenue Board, which was established by the FIRS Act 2007 and whose personnel problems were no longer handled by the Commission.

Salary Scale And Structure Of The Federal Civil Service

The Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) is a Nigerian administrative agency with the power to appoint and transfer federal civil servants as well as exercise disciplinary control over them. It is a popular opinion in Nigeria that government agencies and parastatals offer the best jobs in terms of remuneration, job security, and other benefits. 

The entry-level salary structure in this post is based on the new minimum wage of N18,000. Below are the full details of Nigeria’s federal civil service entry-level salary structure:

Grade Level 01 Step 01 staff earn 18,900 Naira per month apart from other benefits and entitlements which sums to an annual salary of N226,800. 

A secondary school certificate holder working with the federal civil service is on Grade Level 04 and Step 1 and earns 242,994 Naira annually which amounts to 20, 250 Naira monthly.

A grade level 06 Step 01 officer receives 316, 229 Naira annually as a salary which is 26,352 Naira monthly. After attaining Step 15 on the same Grade Level, he will receive 487,295 annually which amounts to 40,607 Naira per month. 

A diploma certificate holder on Grade Level 07 Step 01 earns 43,163 per month which sums up to an annual salary of N517,965

A Grade Level 09 Step 01 officer earns 780,656 annually which is around 65,000 Naira per month. After attaining Step 15, they will get 1,152,698 Naira annually which is equivalent to 96,000 Naira monthly. 

Entry-level for a graduate to the federal civil service is level 08 Step 15 They earn 81,000 monthly which sums up to a salary of N978,663 yearly.

Please note that these are entry-level positions and salaries as you tend to earn more based on promotion and how long you stay on the job. 

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