THE Salaries and Remuneration Commission says harmonisation of the public sector salaries has brought down the government's wage bill by Sh1.4 billion.
It said previously, the wage bill for the state officers stood at Sh12.84 billion but has now reduced to Sh11.84 billion. In addition, the compression ratio within the state offices has been reduced by more than 50 per cent from the previous 33.4 to 15.6.
The commission's deputy chairman Daniel Ogutu said the team will be asking between Sh200 million and Sh250 million from the Treasury to conduct a public service job evaluation. The commission, mandated to set and harmonise public sector salaries, said the exercise will take two and a half years.
It will start before the end of the year, said SRC's deputy chairperson Daniel Ogutu. The ambitions exercise will cover all mainstream public servants but will exclude other state officers such as MPs, various commissioners and members of the judiciary. "In every job evaluation exercise, you expect that salaries may be increased or reduced," Ogutu said.
The commission said it is working with the Treasury to facilitate a bi-lateral agreement with international experts in this area to undertake the assignment.
SRC said it is collecting data to enable it identify the levels of disparities and inequalities so as to determine the renumeration levels in all the public offices. Of particular focus will be to harmonise salaries of parastatal workers. The commission said that since it started setting salaries for state officers, some Sh1.4 billion is saved annually in salaries and allowances. The total estimated public sector wage bill for the financial year 2012/13 is Sh458 billion, against a total budget of Sh1.5 trillion.