Capital FM (Nairobi)

5 February 2013

Kenya: New Salary Structure for Kenya Public Servants

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has released a new pay structure which recommends a maximum earning of Sh1.7 million for the President.

The Deputy President and the Speaker of the National Assembly will earn a maximum of Sh1.4 million while the Chief Justice will take home Sh1.38 million.

The new structure released on Tuesday by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission shows that the Governors will earn Sh1.1 million.

Members of Parliament and Senators will take home not more than Sh740, 927.

Members of the county assembly will earn a maximum of Sh118, 000.

The Commission chairperson Sarah Serem says the government will save up to Sh500 million in the new salary scale.

"What we are trying to introduce is relativity and this means that there is an improvement at the lower levels while the top is reduced or maintained at the same level. I think what we need to appreciate as Kenyans is the fact that If you are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), we have moved to the High Dependency Unit (HDU)," she pointed out.

The government's wage bill currently stands at Sh14 billion.

"It's a gradual improvement so as also to contain the shock and at the same time manage the relativity and for your information, that is gross salary," she stated.

Serem said allowances will also be reviewed since they are the reason behind the upsurge of the wage bill than salaries.

She said her commission had made significant progress in addressing the issues of disparity, productivity and harmonization of the public servants' salary structure.

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