County job evaluation will improve services

October 31, 2013 12:45 pm
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Sarah Serem says results will be used to grade the positions and develop compensation structures/FELIX MAGARA
Sarah Serem says results will be used to grade the positions and develop compensation structures/FELIX MAGARA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Sarah Serem has emphasised the importance of a job evaluation exercise to be conducted for all Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) to grade their skill sets.

Speaking during the launch of the job evaluation exercise on Thursday, she indicated that the results will be used to grade the positions and develop compensation structures.

She explained that it will further enable the commission and the government to effectively address wage bill management challenges as it will allow for proper planning and budgeting.

“The results will be used to grade the positions, develop compensation structures and set and review remunerations and benefits for state offices and other supportive offices in the county government. In addition, the exercise will in the long run enable the Commission and the government in particular to effectively address wage bill management challenges as it will allow for proper planning,” she stated.

She pointed out that one a salary increase is effected following the evaluation, this will translate to better service delivery.

“A skilled and well remunerated public service is a key requirement of good governance and better service delivery. Whereas a well remunerated public service is not sufficient in itself to produce good governance, we also know that a poorly and inequitably paid public service is a sufficient produce for bad governance,” she said.

She further stated that it will further enable county governments to effectively align themselves with the achievement of Vision 2030.

“The achievement of Vision 2030 is predicated on an efficient public service that will provide an environment that is suitable for the private sector to thrive. Further, the attachment of economic and social rights as provided in the constitution would require that public servants with requisite skills are available in every part of the Republic of Kenya,” she said.

Serem stated that her mandate is to set and review salaries and that she can only do so based on a job re-evaluation.

The commission insisted the letter and spirit of the Constitution must be adhered to during the implementation of the devolution process to ensure that the resources and the public facilities are moved closer to the people.

She however admitted the parameters used to set salaries for State officers were arrived at before county governments were established.

The commission had approved facilitation perks taking into consideration the constraints members face in discharging their duties as representatives of wards.

The facilitation perks include sitting allowance of Sh3,000 with a maximum of eight sittings per week, which translates to Sh24,000 per month, transport allowance of Sh20,000, airtime of Sh5,000 and responsibility allowance of up to Sh32,000 per month.

The minimum, total remunerative package for an MCA is Sh185,200 per month while the highest earning MCAs who are the Majority and Minority leaders draw a monthly package of more than Sh217,000.

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