Senior government advisers are in line for pay increases of up to $11,700 despite Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s appeal for wage restraint.

Mr Rudd urged workers last week to “restrain wage claims” to help deal with the economic crisis.

Special Minister of State John Faulkner said in a memo late last year that he was considering a 5.6 per cent pay rise for all senior staff employed by MPs.

The most senior staffers are paid up to $192,400 in basic wages and an extra $17,719 as a special payment to cover long working hours.

Two of Mr Rudd’s senior staffers, including his chief of staff, Alister Jordan, recently received special top-up payments to boost their $200,000-plus annual incomes.

(Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

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