The salaries of senior public servants in Saskatchewan are being cut as part of the government's plan to tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.

Premier Brad Wall says in a release that a wage reduction of 3.5 per cent for deputy ministers and presidents of Crown corporations took effect May 1.

The rollback is expected to save about $280,000 a year.

Walls says the move is in keeping with the government's commitment to reduce total compensation costs across the public sector by 3.5 per cent.

Wall, his cabinet ministers and all members of the legislature are taking a similar cut in pay.

The government wants to get the deficit down to $685 million in the year ahead.