NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has started the process of auditing all staff in the 47 County Governments.
SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem explained that the exercise will seek to establish staff job groups, remuneration and placements in an effort to ensure there is accountability.
She pointed out that it is expected that this will end numerous salary delays experienced in most counties, particularly in the health sector were workers often resort to strikes.
“I still think that it is a transition problem. This is purely a change management process and we are all moving from our comfort zones to the challenging process. It takes great leaders to bring stability to any organisation. So it is granted that there are challenges now but I think that once the systems are put in place and the payment of remunerations and salaries are well harmonized, that problem will cease to be,” she said.
Serem was speaking in Uasin Gishu County where the mandatory audit has already kicked off.
“I appreciate the effort that the counties are taking in trying to ensure that the problems that they are facing now become a thing of the past,” she stated.
She said that this is part of the countrywide job evaluation whose purpose is to determine the job worth of each public sector jobs and come up with institutional grading structures.
She indicated that it will streamline the public sector, enabling enhanced productivity, and strengthen the public service capacity to implement development programmes and to ensure that a fiscal sustainable public wage bill is achieved.
She stated that the job evaluation will help the commission identify, analyse and measure each job within the public sector against established criteria and weigh the relative value of jobs in a uniform and consistent manner.
She stressed that the exercise will involve critical analysis of the job and its demands and not the personal characteristics of incumbent.
In 2012, SRC undertook a comprehensive job evaluation for State officers with a view to determining the job worth of the positions for subsequent remuneration setting.
The job evaluation undertaken by the commission was the first of its kind and the aim was to ensure that the remuneration determined thereafter, is guided by objectivity, defensible and therefore acceptable.