What is the History of CONPSS
The history of the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) can be traced back to the early 1980s when it originated from the University Salary Structure (USS). The CONPSS is a salary structure that applies to all staff of federal ministries, extra-ministerial offices, and agencies formerly operating the harmonized public service salary structure.
It is a 15-grade salary structure with each scale consisting of a number of steps ranging from 15. The items consolidated with the basic salary include transport allowance, meal subsidy, utility allowance, leave grant, journal allowance, research allowance, learned society allowance, examination supervision allowance, excess workload allowance, furniture allowance, industrial supervision allowance, field trip allowance, etc.
Over the years, there have been adjustments to the CONPSS. In 2019, there was a consequential adjustment for CONPSS, which led to salary increases for police, military, and DSS. The new structure known as the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS) was introduced to replace the CONPSS, but it has not been implemented yet.
How is CONPSS Different from other Salary Structures in Nigeria
The Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) is a specific salary structure that applies to all staff of federal ministries, extra-ministerial offices, and agencies in Nigeria. It is a 15-grade salary structure with each scale consisting of a number of steps ranging from 15. The items consolidated with the basic salary under CONPSS include transport allowance, meal subsidy, utility allowance, leave grant, and other allowances.
On the other hand, the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPSS) is the official salary scale for paramilitary agencies in Nigeria, and it is similar to CONPSS but applies to paramilitary bodies such as the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Custom Service, and others.
The key difference between CONPSS and other salary structures in Nigeria lies in the specific sectors or organizations to which they apply. For example, CONPSS applies to federal ministries, extra-ministerial offices, and agencies, while CONPSS is for paramilitary agencies.
Other salary structures in Nigeria include the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS), Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure (CONUASS), Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), and others, each applicable to different sectors or categories of workers.
CONPSS is a salary structure for federal public service workers, while CONPSS is specific to paramilitary agencies. Other salary structures in Nigeria are designed for different sectors or categories of workers, and they vary in their applicability and the specific allowances consolidated with the basic salary.
Benefits of CONPSS
The Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) offers several benefits for public servants. Some of the key benefits include:
1. Transparent and Standardized Salary Structure: CONPSS provides a transparent and standardized salary structure for public service employees, ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their work.
2. Peculiar Allowance: Under CONPSS, federal civil servants may enjoy a peculiar allowance, such as a recent 40% peculiar allowance introduced by the Federal Government.
3. Streamlined Recruitment and Hiring: The standardized salary structure simplifies the hiring process, making it easier for employers to attract and retain qualified candidates.
4. Increased Employee Satisfaction: By ensuring fair compensation, CONPSS can contribute to higher job satisfaction and reduced turnover rates among public service employees.
5. Cost Savings: A well-designed salary structure can help employers save money by reducing the need for frequent adjustments and ensuring that employees are compensated fairly for their work.
It’s important to note that the benefits of CONPSS may vary depending on the specific policies and regulations of the employing government or organization.
Who Created the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS)
Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) is a salary structure for civil servants in Nigeria. It was created to address the huge disparities in the existing salary structures within the public service. The Presidential Committee on Salary Harmonisation was set up to look into the issue, and the resolution led to the introduction of the peculiar allowance for CONPSS.
The National Salaries Income and Wages Commission is responsible for determining the salaries and wages of public servants in Nigeria, and it periodically reviews the salaries and wages in the Nigerian Civil Service.
The CONPSS is one of the eight salary structures in the public service, and it applies to civil servants in Ministries (excluding Justice, Petroleum Resources, and Aviation) and corporations or agencies that adopted that structure such as NTA, NIPOST, FRCN, NPC, and over 50 other agencies. The CONPSS salary structure is based on the employee’s grade level, qualification, and experience, and it includes a number of allowances. The Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) was introduced in 2009 to replace the CONPSS, which was seen as being unfair to health workers.