Mwashumbe told the National Assembly Committee on Labour and Social Welfare that the figures had increased from an average of 25,000 to 38,000 in May this year. The increase came after the government extended the registration period to June 30 compelling employers to register their workers after the initial May 31 deadline failed to meet the target.
"The extension was necessary to allow the employers to comply with the requirements of the law," Mwashumbe told the committee. The NSSF management early this year issued a directive calling for the registration of all domestic workers in the country. The order was in line with article 43 of the constitution.
On October 30 2009, gazette notice no 159 made it mandatory for domestic employees to be NSSF card holders. The fund expects about 2 million workers to be registered under the new plan. The move however, elicited mixed reactions with some employers accusing NSSF of imposing the figure unilaterally The fund later launched a door-to-door campaign to register the workers, including house helps and farmhands, who are not captured in the records at the social security scheme.
In the NSSF guidelines, employers of domestic workers are required to remit the mandatory Sh200 per employee every month. The employee will top up with another Sh200 to make it Sh400 contribution. Mwashumbe said NSSF will continue to educate the public on the importance of saving for the future.
In their improved terms, all domestic workers are supposed to be paid a minimum of Sh7000 in the cities and a minimum of Sh6000 in other areas . They are also entitled to a one month paid leave.