Complete Detail of Premature Increment, Annual Increment and Next Above

I am sharing here the complete Detail of Premature Increment, Annual Increment and Next Above to Government Employees. It is granted to the employees on their promotion and up-gradation from lower to higher scale and promotion within same scale.

Detail of Premature Increment, Annual Increment and Next Above

Before proceeding further on the topic, let's discuss the difference between Premature Increment and Annual Increment that is granted to the employees on various occasions.

Difference between Premature Increment and Annual Increment

Some people consider that Premature Increment and Annual Increment are same. Amount of these in a particular scale is same but these are two different things.

Annual Increment

Annual increment is the amount equal to difference of two consecutive stages in a particular pay scale. It is granted to every employee on 1st December of each year. If the employee has a service of 6 months or more in a particular scale on 1st December, he is eligible for the annual increment of that year.

The example of that is that if employee joins a particular scale on 1st June (Forenoon) or before he is eligible for the annual increment. If he joins after 1st June, he is not eligible for the annual increment.

If an employee is on extra ordinary leave (Leave without pay) upto 1st December since more than 6 months he is not eligible for Annual Increment of that year. For example if the EOL of an employee starts before 1st June and remains upto 1st December. He will not be granted annual increment. Suppose his EOL is from 1st  July 2018 to 31st December 2018 or to any month of next year. He will be eligible for the annual increment of 2018 as he has completed 6 months service in that year.

On the basis of disciplinary cases annual increment of an employee can be withdrawn.

Premature Increment

It is different from Annual Increment. Its amount in a particular scale is equal to the annual increment as it is also the difference of two consecutive stages of a particular pay scale. Instead of granting on 1st December, it can be granted at any time of the year on the promotion, upgradation or re-appointment of an employee.  Some conditions of this increment are as under:

Premature Increment on Promotion

If an employee is promoted from lower to higher scale or his/her promotion in the same scale, premature increment is granted to the employee.

Premature Increment on Up-gradation of the Post

This Increment on the upgradation of post is also granted but it is not granted in all the provinces of Pakistan upto August 2019. May be in later stage it will be implemented all over Pakistan.

Premature Increment on re-appointment

Let's an employee applies through proper channel and is reappointed to another post in the same department or other. He is eligible for this increment. I have already published an article regarding Premature Increment on re-appointment from lower to higher scale.

When Premature Increment is not granted?

Some people believe that this increment is compulsory on promotion, up-gradation or re-appointment. No it is not so. In some cases it is not granted to the employee on his promotion, up-gradation or re-appointment. Example is as under:

Suppose an employee of BPS-05 at his /her 2nd stage (Rs.9430/-) according to revised pay scale chart 2017, is upgraded to BPS-10 then his pay will be fixed at his 1st stage of BPS-10 (Rs. 10180/-). He is not eligible for the premature increment as the difference of the two stages of BPS-05 and BPS-10 in this case is more than the annual increment of BPS-10 (10180 – 9430 = 750/-). In this case difference is 750/- and Annual Increment of BPS-10 is 670/- .

Next Above on Promotion, Re-Appointment and Upgradation

There is another term “Next Above”. It is the right of an employee to get Next Above on his /her Promotion, Re-Appointment or Upgradation. It may or may not be equal to Annual Increment or Premature Increment.

  •           For example an employee of BPS-05 at 11th Stage (Rs.13210) of his pay scale is promoted to BPS-07, then Rs. 13300/- will be his /her next above stage and his pay will be fixed Rs. 13810/- by adding one premature increment Rs. 510/- to 13300/-.
  • Suppose an employee of BPS-05 at his/her 11th Stage is promoted in the same scale. i.e from BPS-05 to BPS-05 (In particular cases). Then 13630/- will be his next above and after adding premature increment Rs. 420/-. His pay will be fixed Rs. 14050/-. It means on promotion within same scale an employee gets two increments. One is Next Above and other Premature Increment. You can also get help from the earlier published article " How to Fix Pay" that will really guide you in this regard.

I tried my best to cover the Complete Detail of Premature Increment to the employees. However further amendment / correction/suggestion in this article is most welcomed.