It is time to write something about the situation of social workers in India. Social Workers who have done 3 years of Bachelor degree and 2 years of Masters in Social Work [1 year more than B Tech students, same as MBBS] and comes out of college expect a minimal salary of INR 25000. Well, how much do they get. I will share 2 job posts as examples for that.
1. Post of Social Worker in NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND NEURO SCIENCES, Bangalore

Applications are invited from the eligible candidates for filling up of one post of “Social Worker” on contract basis for NIMHANS funded Project entitled “Barriers in accessing social welfare benefits for persons with disability due to severe mental disorders in rural Karnataka: A cross sectional survey” – under the Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS

1. Name of the Post Social Worker
2 No. of Post 1 (One)
3 Essential Qualification: Masters in Social Work or Bachelors in Social work with minimum two years experience in working in the community.
4 Desirable Writing, Reading and spoken knowledge of kannada
5 Job Location Turuvekere, Taluk Tumkur District
6 Maximum age limit 30 Years

7. Emoluments Rs.12,500/- P.M (Consolidated)

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I personally send an email to them asking for a clarification in this. Kindly see the mail that i sent to them.

I am a social worker and saw the vacancy of social worker in NIMHANS for the project “Barriers in accessing social welfare benefits for persons with disability due to severe mental disorders in rural Karnataka: A cross sectional survey”. I noticed that the Emoluments is Rs.12,500/- P.M (Consolidated). I would like to pose a question as how can a social worker who have done 2 years MSW can work for this much money. What will be the point of studying 2 years of MSW if we are getting this much amount which lesser than a day laborer. I am sorry if I tried to offend you in anyway. Kindly let me know your reply.

The Reply I got on 27 July

I do understand your concern.

The DMHP salary from the State Govt is fixed to the same, which we have followed.


Hence we have also invited BSW's to apply, incase, MSW's are not able to apply for the given salary.

The Reply I sent on 27 July

Could you kindly share details on the salary rate of social workers in DMHP.  As per my understanding it was INR 2000 per day [source: http://dghs.gov.in/content/1350_3_NationalMentalHealthProgramme.aspx]. There has been nation wide criticisms against salary structure of DMHP and that is the major reason why many DMHP posts are vacant till now and the scheme was complete failure in India. I would like to point out an Anganwadi teacher gets INR 10000 per month and ASHA worker get INR 7000. Considering this fact that i think, BSW can apply does not justify a poor salary structure. 

Just to point out the fact, NIMHANS is the institution that created the operation manual of district mental health program and the salary rate is provided as; Psychologist and social workers will be Rs. 10000 per month to Rs 500 increase every year. Source: DMHP Manual

This DMHP manual is so poorly constructed as it states that there is no provision to purchase a vehicle in the DMHP. In the methodology, manual states mental health camps should be conducted at every taluk / tehsil of all districts, obviously without a vehicle. The Delhi DMHP salary rate of social workers was NR 50,000 for Mphil holders and INR 30000 for MSW holders. Source: DMHP Advertisment DelhiIn Jamshadpur it was INR 30000 for MSW holders. Source: Advertisment DMHP, CIP Ranchi

2. Research Assistant Social Work

Organisation:  Gandhigram Rural Institute

Apply By:  02 Aug . 2017

Location:  Chennai(Tamil Nadu)

Applications are invited for a position of Research Assistant in a ICSSR funded research project on ‘Socioeconomic status of the women manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu’ at Department of Applied Research, Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, Gandhigram. The selected candidate is permitted to work simultaneously for PhD program in GRI in the same/ related topic.

Essential Qualification: The qualification must have first class in Social Work, Women’s Studies or in other social sciences with the knowledge of computer application.

Desirable Qualification: Experience of working with women at the grassroots level

Applications may sent with a full resume, photocopies of degrees and photographs to Dr. M. Hilaria Soundari, Department of Applied Research, Gandigram Rural Institute, Gandigram

Fellowship amount: Rs. 13,000/-

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If any social worker is there in Gandigram, I request them to go to this department and ask for clarification for this petty amount.

3. Psychiatric Social Worker/ Social Worker, National Health Mission, Tripua

Organization:  National Health Mission

Apply By:  24 May . 2017

Location:  Agartala(Tripura)

The State Health & Family Welfare Society, Tripura is going to fill up different category of post on purely contractual basis for District Mental Health Programme at a fixed pay for 11(eleven) months, which may be extended based on the performance till Project period for the following post:

Salary per month (Rs.)  Rs. 18,000/-

Eligibility criteria

• M. Phil in Psychiatric Social worker.

• MSW/BSW in regular course with 06 month training in NIMHANS, CIP, LGBRIMH-Tezpur or others Institute.

• 1 (one) year Diploma in Computer Application from Govt. Recognized University /Institute

How to apply

Interested candidates are hereby requested to submit their Bio-Data in the prescribed format & submit relevant self-attested documents by hand/by registered post in a sealed envelope with superscripted name of the post as “& Applicant’s  S/o, D/o W/o: ………………………………………….. addressed to the Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Tripura, Agartala & to be submitted to the office of the DMHP(W) at Modern Psychiatric Hospital, Narsingarh. No application will be received after 1.00 PM of 24th May, 2017. Authority will not be liable for any postal delay.

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Non sensible - naive illiterate officers call for such applications for social workers in DMHP with the same salary rate for BSW, MSW, Mphil holders. I mean, then why do we need to spend years to MSW and Mhil if we will get the same salary of a graduate.

Update 1: Rejected by Social Workers Group

I shared this post in a social workers group and they rejected the post.

Unfortunately, your recent post to the Social Work News group was denied by a group moderator.

Message from the moderator

Thank you very much for posting in social work news. But we regret to inform you that the message is outside the purpose of this group. Please keep on posting.

If so called professional social workers are not ready to discuss such issues, who will???




Update 2: Article on Salary Rate of Social Workers in India 


 I have been searching for salary structure of social workers and found an article on "Social Worker Salary in India". This website shamelessly tries to reduce the salary amount of social workers by stating how much social workers are liable to get. I will just point out some statements in this article;

"The Social workers are less concerned with the higher packages."

"Social workers are able to start their career with Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per month"

"Social workers working on government projects with NGOs which provides them salary more than the subsistence level. Since, they are employing them on a project basis, which leads them to draw higher salary. They are liable to get Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per month."

"There are many social workers, which are famous today and now able to get high income. The only thing that can make them to earn high is fame."

I have sent an email to them asking for updating the post. Kindly see that mail here. You can also send emails if you agree with me.

To: support[at]naukrihub.com

I read the post in your website. The post is completely outdated and outrageous and need to be updated. Social workers also work to get money and expect a higher package. I am a social worker and i expect a good salary and many of the social workers do. We are social workers and we also have family members to feed or have expectation to live a decent life. Who can live a decent life with such 4000 Rs a month. So kindly update your post and write the current situation and not your judgements.

I have never seen such a judgmental post online than this. Someone who is so illiterate wrote all this and NGOs use this kind of information to pay less for social workers.

Can a social workers live in India with a meager sum of money? After studying 5 years to become a social worker, is this what awaits young social workers and aspiring students. The income of an average social worker in India with an M.A. in social work would be at least 25000 Rs. However NGOs and agencies purposefully reduces the salary of social worker, thinking these are fine with social workers and is acceptable in the market.  Students thinking of taking up degree in Social Work or Sociology gets discouraged due to such low income rate. Average income rate of a social workers should be fixed a minimum of 25000 Rs. Times of India published an article on Is Social work worth it? which clearly explains the situation of social workers in India.

It is time for social workers to start their own enterprises, counselling centers and change this condition. It is time to stop working in someone else's companies, NGOs, hospitals, centers and start ups and start making your own. Start a counseling centers, start an NGO and provide jobs to other fellow social workers. This is the only way to raise the average income of social workers.

Update On CBSE UGC NET Exam Fee

CBSE has hiked the UGC NET JRF exam fee massively. Previously it was INR 650 Rs for General Category and now this has increased to INR 1000. How can students from lower economic category could afford such fee. Still no protest from anywhere. I have written to CBSE but have not received any reply till now.

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I am a social worker and noticed a huge hike in the exam fee for the General Category as well as in other categories for CBSE UGC NET Exam. Last time it was Six Hundred Rupees only for General and for this year, it has been hiked to One Thousand Rupees. I would like to know under what basis the fee hike was done. Is there any notification issues by UGC to increase the exam fee. Kindly let me know.

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