Nurses in Malaysia now can get higher salary, especially for those who decide to further their studies in degrees and masters.
The Health Minister, Datuk Dr. Liow Tiong Lai told that nurses with degrees will be able to earn salary with a grade range between U41 to U54.
At the moment, the highest salary grade for nurses is U48. With the new pay scale and grade, the government is hoping to cultivate more interest among the students to choose nursing as their career, and help to reduce the ratio of nurse: no. of people in the country.
The nurse: no. of people ratio in the country today stands at 1:375, which falls short of the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 1:200.
A fresh graduate who starts their career with U41 grade scale earns close to RM2,000 of monthly basic salary. In addition to the basic salary, he or she is also entitled for a number of allowances and monetary perks, including housing allowance, cost of living (COLA), critical allowance and public service incentives. A nurse at the U48 scale, on the other hand, takes home about RM8,000.
For someone to reach the U54 pay grade, a nurse would need to obtain at least a Masters, and accumulates a minimum experience of 20 years in service. The grade U54 is also usually accorded to those in high level management, such as the department directors, where the recipient would be receiving a salary of RM10,000 per month or more.
Apart from nurses, X-ray technicians, medical assistants (MA) and health inspectors are also subject with the same pay grade.