Over 70% pay hike for academics
Increase parallel to ongoing restructuring process:
The salaries of university academic staff will be increased by over
70 percent with effect from October 1, University Grants Commission
chairman Professor Gamini Samaranayaka said.
Prof. Samaranayaka said salaries of the academic staff have been
increased to a great degree from time to time compared to the salaries
of the parallel services.
The academic staff have already been receiving a certain portion of
the salary increment but the final stage of the increment will be
implemented from October 1, this year.
“Accordingly, the all inclusive salary of a senior professor will be
Rs 140,721 per month from October 1 up from Rs 80,931.50, a salary
increment rate of 73.88 percent.
The all inclusive salary of a professor will be Rs 122,250, an
increase of 69.73 percent, from the previous all inclusive salary of Rs
The new salary of an assistant professor will be Rs 108,736, an
increase of 66.12 percent.
The salary revision would also give a grade one senior lecturer a
gross salary of Rs 98,761, 61.13 percent increase while the gross salary
of grade two senior lecturer will be Rs 86,950(58.68 percent increase).
while the gross salary of grade two senior lecturer will be Rs
86,950(58.68 percent increase).From October 1, a lecturer will have his
gross salary increased by 52.39 percent making it Rs. 75,179 while a
lecturer on probation will receive an all inclusive salary Rs 55,775 per
month following an increase by 36.64 percent," Professor Samaranayaka
Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake said this salary increment
of university academic staff has resulted in a severe imbalance of state
services salaries. However, the government took steps to increase the
salaries of university academic staff parallel to the ongoing university
system restructuring process aiming to convert Sri Lanka as the
Knowledge Hub of Asia.