New salary structure for Kenya public servants

The Deputy President and the Speaker of the National Assembly will earn a maximum of Sh1.4 million while the Chief Justice will take home Sh1.38 million/FILE

The Deputy President and the Speaker of the National Assembly will earn a maximum of Sh1.4 million while the Chief Justice will take home Sh1.38 million/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has released a new pay structure which recommends a maximum earning of Sh1.7 million for the President from the current Sh2 million.

The Deputy President and the Speaker of the National Assembly will earn a maximum of Sh1.4 million while the Chief Justice will take home Sh1.38 million, if SRC proposal sails through after public hearing.

Speaking on Tuesday during the unveiling of the new structure Commission chairperson Sarah Serem says the government will save up to Sh500 million in the new salary scale.

Serem said the current wage bill of Sh14 billion was unsustainable and could have led to a collapse of the government functions.

“What we are trying to introduce is relativity and this means that there is an improvement at the lower levels while the top is reduced or maintained at the same level. I think what we need to appreciate as Kenyans is the fact that If you are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), we have moved to the High Dependency Unit (HDU),” she pointed out.

The Chief of Defence Forces and the Cabinet Secretary who replaces ministers shall each be paid Sh1.12 million.

The incoming Speaker of the Senate should earn Sh1.37 million a month, according to the proposals officially launched Tuesday.

Members of Parliament in the 11th Parliament will earn Sh740,920 from the current Sh851,200. The newly created posts of County Senators and Governor will earn Sh740,927 and Sh1.1 million respectively.

Members of the county assembly will earn a maximum of Sh118, 000 they replace councillors in the previous Central Government who were earning Sh30,000.

Serem said allowances will also be reviewed since they are the reason behind the upsurge of the wage bill than salaries.

“It’s a gradual improvement so as also to contain the shock and at the same time manage the relativity and for your information, that is gross salary,” she stated.

Constitutional offices and commissions such as IEBC, CIC, and Transition Authority have also been included in the new pay structure.

Judges of the Supreme Court, Governors, Senators, County wards, Inspector General of Police, Army commanders are also listed in the proposal that is expected to tame the huge wage bill.

She said her commission had made significant progress in addressing the issues of disparity, productivity and harmonization of the public servants’ salary structure.

Starting Monday, the SRC will hold public hearings over the proposed salaries countrywide

However, the hearings will begin on Thursday in Nairobi.

Finance Minister Robinson Githae urged the Commission to also conduct a similar study for the County Government and Parastatals.

He said this figure should come down to about 6.5 percent of the GDP.

Githae said the disparities in salaries of top state officials have been huge and unjustified as there are no legal mechanism that has been set to determine the salaries of these state officers.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.

  • http://twitter.com/bensonndehi Njonjo Ndehi

    Govt is broke.

    • nicholas korir kiprono

      how do you know?

      • http://twitter.com/bensonndehi Njonjo Ndehi

        They’ve been borrowing heavily to pay salaries. It’s okay to borrow for infrastructure but not salaries.

        • Kangai

          You could have a point, Ndehi, but why not just drop us specifics – figures and source of funding and we shall be happy.

    • paul

      Since you have no money you think others are broke think widely

      • http://twitter.com/bensonndehi Njonjo Ndehi

        Grow up and engage in mature debate. If you insist, I have 3 debt-free houses in Nbi,

  • SUMMUNI BEN

    I stand guided, but i suppose that the SRC should restrict itself to salary matters,and anything outside the same, is out of scope, and therefore outside their mandate.The talk of allowances, in my opinion, is founded on an illegality, and as such, is void ab initio, unless salaries and remunerations, also includes allowances!

    • tamu uchungu

      you stand corrected,this is not jus a salary commission,renumeration commission as well and this is where alllowances fall in

      • SUMMUNI BEN

        Very well, but even so, we are in a free market economy whereby, salaries, just like prices, shall always be guided much more, by market dynamics than any other factor! And as long as the private sector ,continuously improves the terms of its employees every other day, then rest assured that, other persons, with similar qualifications and experience, shall always clamor for a similar deal, and thew game continues!

        • Boiyot

          But the government has to have strict guidelines on wages… The private sector will always oscillate around this depending on the current market trends.

        • tamu uchungu

          boss ,you are very wrong,when your salary comes from the citizen’s taxes ,thats not free market!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/silvesterbk Silveria Wa Bigkay

    What is the difference between a civil servant and public servant

    • nicholas korir kiprono

      civil servant is an employee of the state.public servant includes elected state officers and civil servant as well.

    • http://twitter.com/musomi2masomo musomi2masomo

      Civil servants are employed and paid directly by different Government Ministries. Any other servant, paid from Public Funds but not by a Ministry is a PUBLIC SERVANT. Thus civil servants are only a fraction of Public Servants

    • pilgrimage

      A civil servant is an employee of the Public Service Commission.Public servant is a general word used to describe anyone who is employed by the government and is serving the public and includes civil servants,police,teachers(TSC),judges,lecturers (of public universities),parastatal employees etc. Its basically anyone whose salary comes from the Consolidated Fund.I stand to be corrected on the last point.

      • Opuk Pek

        Correct! That’s why we talk of Public Officer’s Ethic Act (CAP 183) and NOT Civil Servant’s Ethic Act so that it is more inclusive. The salaries are drawn from the Exchequer through the Finance Act commonly called the Budget from which various Government Ministries get their allocations for Recurrent and Development Votes to fund their operations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Ondiek/100000570567456 Stephen Ondiek

    What about the allowances. That is where all the thievery occurs

  • Judy

    This was a good gesture, but the Salaries Commission should have done more. Pay cuts of less than 40% will not help the economy. We’re going to have over 400 new MPs. In addition, the country’s debt burden is already so high. And the Salaries Commission have awarded themselves hefty pay rises. Are we waiting for our children to come and suffer the consequences of our huge national debt?

  • Kimdom

    I don’t think this commission is serious. The top salaries of up to Ksh. 1.7 million a month are still too high and free give-always! And that is without mention of the many benefits that only those at the high table of the country’s dining get to enjoy. No public servant in Kenya does anything of as much value, so the new structure is still theft from the regular hard workers for the pleasure of idle noise makers at the top of the income scale.

  • ADAMSON LANYASUNYA FROM SAMBUR

    SEREM HAS PUT A VERY BIG MARGIN BETWEEN THE SALARIES OF THE mEMBERS OF pARLIAMENT AND THE COUNTY REPS IN THE SENSE THAT THE COUNTY REPS SALARIES ARE VERY LOW., THE ELECTORAL WARDS HAVE BEEN MERGED AND MOST OF THEM ARE AS BIG AS CONSITUENCIES. IN FACT IN SAMBURU COUNTY, ONE WOULD TRAVEL MORE THAN 100KMS TO CROSS ONE WARD. PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF EXPECTINS FROM US. SO WE NEED TO APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE COUNTY REPS SALRIES TO AT LEAST KSH. 300,000 PER MONTH

    ADAMSON LANYASUNYA FROM SAMBURU COUNTY