More degrees, less pay: The decreasing value of a bureaucrat

Published: December 7, 2013
Job advertisement shows education does not guarantee a good pay.

Job advertisement shows education does not guarantee a good pay.


“Education is the art of making man ethical,” they say, but not rich – especially in the Pakistani bureaucracy. A recent job advertisement for a Public Sector Development project showed that education, a post-graduate degree specifically, does not guarantee a good pay scale.

The vacancy announcement advertised the post of a research officer with a minimum qualification of a Master’s or Master of Philosophy (MPhil), who is offered Rs20,000 a month. However, another vacancy ad for National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority, posted right above it, offered Rs22,000 per month for a driver, requiring matriculation as the minimum level of education.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2013.


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Reader Comments (4)

  • Charlie Chaplen
    Dec 7, 2013 - 9:35AM

    few months ago, i remember seeing one ad in pakistani news paper where Jamadar pay was more than the lecturer pay. the wiered thing was that both jobs were on the same Ad along with some other positions. i am sure it was not by mistake.


  • Raheel
    Dec 7, 2013 - 11:04AM

    salary for a typical Pakistani bureaucrat has no meaning when he earns millions and billions from corruption


  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 7, 2013 - 7:03PM

    This is Pakistan. Did you expect any different? We don’t value people who should be valued, and we also call terrorists ‘martyrs.’Recommend

  • zeeshan khan
    Dec 8, 2013 - 2:49AM

    NEPRA: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority not National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority.


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