the working nigerian

I was having a conversation with a friend and it got me thinking “is Nigeria really ready for change?” We claim we want change but are we ready to embrace it? This is the first in this series, hopefully with many more to come. Today I’ll be discussing the possibility of the pay per hour system vs the fixed monthly salary payment system in Nigeria. Welcome to the Working Nigerian Series.

Before I start this discussion, here’s my take on the pay per hour system “It makes sense so far as the hourly fee is worth it” but I just don’t think Nigeria is ready for it. For this particular series, pay per hour doesn’t necessarily mean that you are given a sum of money every hour. Instead the amount you earn per hour is summed up and paid to you at the end of the month. This way there is no fixed amount one would earn at the end of the month.

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Have you ever tried calculating your hourly earn from your monthly salary? Give it a shot, the average working Nigerian would realize that he is worth way more than that per hour. The catch here is this, the pay per hour system can easily be abused in Nigeria because of poor work ethics and inefficient reward system. I’ll give you an example; if a doctor decides to put in his 100% into his work and does all that he is supposed to do, do you think anybody really cares? To most people that is his job and he has no other option but to do it. Excuse me, but I choose to differ.

I have seen doctors who just do the minimal they can do and they still earn the same as those putting in their all. Shouldn’t there be a reward system? This doesn’t apply in the medical field alone, but cuts across different work places. I know HARDWORK pays, there is no doubt about that but does the system recognize that?

Here is the advantage pay per hour brings. If you estimate the minimum amount of hours you can work in a month and calculate how much that would pay you and then realize you are comfortable with the figure, that would be your baseline salary. You can then decide to put in more hours in order to get some extra cash in your pocket. There’s also the assumption that if a person is paid per hour, then that person would actually work for their pay, and therefore optimize his/her skills. The disadvantage is that YOU (yes you) will try to abuse the system. You will eventually find a way to put in more hours and less work, thereby cheating the system.

Pay per hour system vs the fixed monthly salary payment system???

I asked quite a number of people to give their opinion on this topic and majority of them preferred the pay per hour system because they believe it is more fulfilling to be paid based on how much work you put in. Let me know your thoughts. Kindly put down your comments in the “leave a reply” section below.

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  • Mmachukwu Omonode May 10, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I should be reading your posts more. They are quite interesting and enlightening!

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  • Anonymous March 27, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I think we have not gotten to that stage yet in Nigeria because of d checks and balances involved,although I prefer it to d current system of getting salary per month.
    And come to think of it,it will also check corruption.

    • Janet March 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Hmmm…I actually didn’t think about the corruption aspect. Thanks for your response dear.

  • lord maxyz March 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Incredible position, wud qualify efficiency, productivity…i recommend it but Nigeria must first be nurtured to accept this culture! The owners of private businesses are hereby challenged to test run the whole process. Goodluck Nigeria.

    • Janet March 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Lord Maxyz

  • Jedi March 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Enjoyed d read.
    My tots:How would we evaluate d efficiency of service to say u deserve a certain pay?(eg.for a doc who treats a patient who doesnt come bck wit complicatns or even a follow up,how do we tell if a shady job was done or not nd if he does av complicatns btw it could be d patients fault or d docs)
    Ikr.. pple will def find a way to cheat,but it shldnt stop us.
    I agree dat these shldnt prevent us from looking to this end cos den we will start to find a way to change the paths to reach this end.
    Btw i like d pay per hour

    • Janet March 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Jedi you have a point there. Thanks for taking out time to comment. I hope to see more of you here on the blog *winks*

  • Anonymous March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Intresting read. As for me any system that pays higher will do for me. “Just trying to make common sense”

    • Janet March 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      looool, I can relate.

  • Anonymous March 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Well the pay per hr make more sense but if it is not consistent wat is the point. Especially in the govt sectors. If salary cannot be paid on time regardless of the method their will be no difference? And like u said the naija sector is geared to abuse everything! An appropriate record keeping is key for any method to work if not u will still have ghost workers.

    • HN March 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Well said, i agree with the record keeping and more, but we can’t keep allowing the thought of things being prevent implementing things that can be nation changing. Can’t just tell which might work.

      • HN March 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        Well said, i agree with the record keeping and more, but we can’t keep allowing the thought of things being abused prevent us from implementing things that can be nation changing. Can’t just tell which might work.

        • Janet March 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

          We oughta start from somewhere right? Well said.

    • Janet March 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for taking time out to respond.

  • Sam March 22, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I think d pay per hour system is d way to go,with improve service delivery and take home pay… But it may cause casualization of workers,

    • Janet March 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Well Sam you have a point there. Thanks for your comment.

  • Anonymous March 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I will anticipate the sequels to this. I have always felt the pay by hour is the way to go. With the appropriate checks and balances, it will bring about effiecncy and increased output, pls bite me, isn’t that what our country needs?

    • Janet March 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Permit me to ask, but who is going to be responsible for these checks and balances?

      • Anonymous March 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        Good question Janet, one of the things we need is/are credible and disciplined heads in the work places. One who ll lead by example coz to be able to check others u ve to ve checked or put yourself in check.
        Funny enough, this check is in place in most privately owned establishments. People don’t come to work anytime they like because most owners or heads frown at it sternly even though he or she is not paying per hour.
        This system can help with feedback too.


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