Government servants love their jobs and want higher salaries. But half of them feel they are paid a fair amount for the work they do and count job security in the government more important than a high-paying job.
Six out of 10 file-pushing babus also fear that a long stint in the government reduces their chances of finding a job in the private sector, a survey to understand the perception of government employees has revealed.
The survey was conducted as part of the study for the Sixth Pay Commission to estimate the cost of a government servant to the public exchequer.
Nearly 90 per cent of the respondents — civilians and armed forces — liked their present jobs and wanted rationalisation of the pay structure to improve employee efficiency. Half of them, however, said they did not really mind the lower salary “as the joy of serving the nation is a reward in itself” and counted their association with the government as a significant non-monetary benefit.
Nearly 46 per cent of the civilian staff — 70 per cent of the surveyed railway employees — agreed they felt they were being paid a fair amount for the work they did. One in four also believed the pay package in the government was already comparable to private sector salaries if the benefits were also taken into account.
Surprisingly, one in every five defence and security personnel said they did sometimes feel that they had a meaningless job. Six out of 10, however, believed they could land a job in the private sector if they had to find one.