CONPCASS: National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 2019
The meaning of CONPCASS is Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Structure.
Based on the negotiations between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Organised Labour which was represented by the Joint National Public Negotiation Council which led to the enactment of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 2019, there were consequential adjustments in the salaries of employees in the Federal Public Service. Also, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved the revision of the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Structure (CONPCASS) to reflect the National Minimum Wage. This took effect on 18th April 2019.
Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Structure Table
Find below the new Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Structure (CONPCASS) salary scale:
CONPCASS 1 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 2 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 3 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 4 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 5 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 6 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 7 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 8 Salary Scale
CONPCASS 9 Salary Scale
It is important to mention that the above salary scale is per annum. The least salary a lecturer can earn under the new minimum wage is N1,257,460. This salary scale applies to a lecturer at Level 1 Step 1. On the other hand, the highest-paid lecturer will receive N5,975,291. This applies to very senior and experienced lecturers at Level 9 Step 9.
As you must have seen from the table, being at a higher level of the cadre does not necessarily guarantee a higher salary. For instance, a lecturer at Level 1 Step 15 earns more than Level 2 Step 8, and Level 3 Step 3. While a lecturer at Level 1 Step 15 will earn N1,856,358, his contemporaries at 2 Step 8, and Level 3 Step 3 will earn N1,812,482 and N1,803,205.
Therefore, if the salary is much more important to you, you may need to negotiate for a higher step rather than negotiating for a higher level. However, in terms of seniority, lecturers in higher levels are considered to be senior to lecturers in lower levels. So, you need to understand what you really want so that you don’t shoot yourself in the leg during negotiation.
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