Up to three million public sector workers will benefit from salary increases as a result of the increase in gross domestic product (GDP), which was 2.5% in the last financial year.
The said wage agreement envisages a salary increase as long as the Spanish economy grows by at least 2.4%. For this reason, your salary increases an additional half point, which is added to the initial 2.5% increase at the beginning of 2024, and to 0.5% in October, retroactively, which is used to pay part of the inflation. In general, the salary of public employees in 2023 will reach the expected maximum of 3.5%.
This is stated in the “Framework Agreement for a 21st Century Administration”, published by the BOE and signed between the Government and the unions. “Furthermore, in 2023, if the increase in nominal GDP is equal to or greater than the estimate in the macroeconomic table accompanying the General State Budgets, a complementary increase of 0.5% will be applied. This possible complementary increase for the year 2023, in a consolidated manner, will have effects from January 1, 2023.
On the other hand, the framework agreement between the executive and the social agents also mentions a fixed salary increase of 2% for 2024, “based on the salary that was already increased last year.” This salary increase made this year has not yet been applied to payrolls because the public accounts for 2023 are still ongoing, although it will be made if it is approved in the next budget.
Possibility of another additional 0.5%
The said regulations consider another additional 0.5% with retroactive effect from January 1, 2024, although a necessary requirement must be met. If public employees want to see an additional 0.5% with retroactive effect from January 1, 2024, it is important that the sum of the change in the Harmonized Consumer Price Index (HICP) for the years 2022, 2023, and 2024 exceeds the accumulated fixed charge. increase in 2022, 2023, and 2024.
The different positions of public employees are classified into four groups, depending on the necessary qualifications and different requirements. From Group E, the one with the lowest rank and salary and does not require secondary school degrees, to Group A, which in turn is divided into A1 and A2, and requires university degrees. In addition to the base salary, various complements and trienniums are added.
It is also worth emphasizing the Public Service Law, which examines the professional conduct and performance of public employees. The unions oppose the possible dismissals in the event that the officials do not pass the aforementioned performance tests. Despite this, public workers may be demoted or lose their salary, but they will not lose their status as public sector workers.