Rules to guide public service pay ready

March 20, 2012 3:34 pm


SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has drafted regulations that will be used to guide negotiations on the earnings of public officers.

Speaking during its briefing session with Parliament’s Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee, the SRC chairperson Sarah Serem said that they hope to address the disparities that exist among civil servants’ salaries.

She said they have also proposed the adoption of an organisational and evaluation structure which will be implemented at all public institutions.

The commission has so far evaluated the responsibilities of the President, Speaker, Chief Justice and County Governor.

Serem said the move was in recognition of the need to have clear procedures on how to evaluate the various pay grades.

“We have developed draft regulations on the procedure for submission of salaries and remuneration benefits proposals to the commission; pay determination and review for state officers; and advice on remuneration for other public officers.”

The Commission is established under new Constitution and is mandated to set and regularly review the remuneration and benefits of all other public officers.

It also required taking into account the principles of fiscal sustainability of the total public compensation bill; ensure public service is able to attract and retain the requisite skills to execute their functions; recognise productivity and performance and transparency and fairness.

Serem told the MPs that they had written to the Treasury seeking funds to undertake the Job Evaluation Exercise.

“The results of the exercise will provide an objective basis against which the Commission will set and review remuneration and benefits,” she said.

She further said her team plans to hold a stakeholders workshop at the end of this month to discuss their proposed regulations.

“The agreed upon structure will be subjected to job evaluation and subsequently be used in pay determination for the various offices. The plan is to accomplish this before the general election,” she said.

Former MP Oloo Aringo who represents the National Assembly on the Commission said the regulations need to be anchored in law to make their enforcement a priority.

“These regulations that we use as guidelines must be approved by the House, and therefore if you expedite the process it will make our work much easier because it will provide for that interface between us and the stakeholders,” said the former MP.



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