Big pay rises coming for presidential advisors

Staff serving Latvian president are in for a bumper pay rise next year, with salaries rising by a third, LETA reported November 1.

Salaries to the staff of the Latvian president's office are to be raised next year with the average monthly salary increasing from €1,694 this year to €2,252 next year.

Answering questions from lawmakers, Guntis Pukitis, the head of the Latvian president's office, explained the steep pay rise for the staff by "historical factors", saying that their salaries had not been increased in previous years when salaries were raised for other public administration employees.

Salaries will be raised for almost all employees of the Latvian president's office but the most notable pay rises have been planned for presidential advisors, IT experts and legal experts, Pukitis said.

The news is unlikely to go down well with teachers and medics who have been asking the government for much more modest pay rises.

During the economic crisis of 2008-2011, public sector pay was cut by around a third.

President Vejonis currently has six advisors; on foreign affairs, legal affairs, economic affairs, constitutional affairs, national security and a press spokesman who is also classed as an advisor.

The President also chairs nine separate commissions and advisory councils.

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