O Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) has opened competitions for 102 vacancies in Portuguese embassies, missions and consular posts, but there are offers where the salary offered is below the national minimum wage (SMN). This is the case of the position of senior technician in Islamabad, Pakistan, where a gross remuneration of 212.24 euros per month.

The information is included in the vacancy notice, which can be consulted here. The news was, it should be noted, advanced by the ECO, which contacted the tutelage about these values ​​and the justification it obtained was that the values ​​are defined based on salary tables defined by law.

“The base salary indicated in each notice corresponds to the entry remuneration position by career and country,” a source in the tutelage told the digital newspaper. “These values ​​also reflect the updates resulting from the increases decreed for the Civil Service, as well as, when applicable, respect for the mandatory rule of local public order that sets a national minimum wage,” he added.

Rosa Teixeira Ribeiro, secretary general of the Union of Consular Workers, Diplomatic Missions and Central Services (STCDE), said, also in statements to the ECO, that the proposed remuneration value for the position in Islamabad derives from the salary scales determined by a decree-law de 2013. “We do not accept the idea that workers should be paid by the local minimum wage, which is generally intended for unskilled personnel”, he defended.

On Wednesday, the MNE opened competitions for 102 vacancies in Portuguese embassies, missions and consular posts, including seven vacancies for the London and Manchester consulates within the scope of the Contingency Plan for Brexit.

The countries with the highest number of vacancies are France (11 vacancies), United States of America (7), United Kingdom (7), Brazil (4), Germany (3), Angola (3), Canada (3), Mozambique ( 3), Switzerland (3) and Venezuela (3), explains the MNE, adding that they are “countries with a large presence of Portuguese communities”.

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