The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on Wednesday, August 9, announced a salary increase of between 7% and 10% for all civil servants.
SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich announced that the commission and the National Treasury had agreed to the increase, adding that the increase would be backdated to July 1, 2023.
The SRC boss stated that the review was made with the intention of increasing productivity in the public sector, while at the same time upholding fiscal responsibility.
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Mengich made the announcement in the company of Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u who confirmed the deal had been reached after months of intense negotiations.
“At some point we were almost fighting but we finally came to an agreement. We all agree that we have the same cow and if it's unable to produce enough milk, we agree to feed it properly and this is what we have agreed,” the CS stated.
The National Treasury has allocated Ksh27.1 billion in the 2023/24 budget to cater for the pay hike.
The SRC had initially proposed to increase salaries for state officers including the President, the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Parliament.
However, after a public backlash, President William Ruto asked the commission to review its proposal and pay closer attention to junior civil servants.
In the review approved on Wednesday, the President and the DP's monthly salaries remained unchanged at Ksh1,443,750 and Ksh1,367,438 respectively
CSs received a 2% pay increase which will see a minor increase from their current pay set at Ksh924,000.
The development came at the same time that the SRC announced that it had scrapped and restructured some allowances payable to civil servants and state officers.
1. Retreat Allowance
2. Sitting allowance for internal committees
3. Taskforce committees
The Daily subsistence allowances. popularly known as per diem, was also restructured to have standardised payments across the different pay scales. The SRC also scrapped all per diems for locations that are within a 50-kilometre radius of an officer's duty station.