Kenya state office stares at salary cut

Niwandinda Daniel
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The Kenya’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission(SRC) is scrutinizing allowances earned by state officers with a view to rationalize them from July 2022. The move according to the commission chairperson Lyn Mengich, would help reduce public sector salaries to sustainable levels. SRC says the Kenya government which has been straining to pay salaries, is targeting to reduce public sector salaries from the current 48.1 percent of the total revenue collection to 35 percent to ensure the public wage bill matches the national development and revenue growth patterns.
During the first review that covered the period between July 2013 to June 2018, SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich said the wage bill stood at 57.3 percent of the country’s own revenue. This was reduced further to 48.1% in the current cycle that covers July 2018 to June 2022. The reductions are however way below the Kenya government’s target of containing the wage bill to less than 35 percent of total government revenue. SRC is currently undertaking a job evaluation and salaries survey to inform the pay for public officers, even though it warns it might not be rosy due to reduced revenue generated as a result of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected nearly all sectors of the economy. The job evaluation and salary survey will last for the next 10 months.

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