Nairobi — The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has said that the public sector wage bill is expected to rise to Sh650 billion by end of the 2017/2018 financial year.
SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem said on Tuesday that the wage bill increased from Sh465 billion in the 2012/2013 financial year to Sh627 billion in 2015/2016, which is an average increase of 11 per cent despite the fact that the revenues are not growing.
"As a Commission we are still concerned about the unsustainable wage bill which has been steadily rising over the past few years," said Serem.
She however said the SRC has made major achievements during its six years tenure and that the rising numbers have been the biggest challenge.
"Ballooning numbers have robbed us the benefits we have made," stated Serem.
The Commission - whose six year term ended on Tuesday - was tasked with job evaluation for the entire public service, development of a remuneration and benefits policy and review and harmonisation of allowances for public servants.
Serem said that through the above strategies the wage bill has marginally reduced as a factor of revenue despite establishment of more offices through devolution.
She said that a lot still needs to be done in order to achieve the acceptable wage bill ratios and meet the development agendas.
"The wage bill should be brought down from 52 per cent to 35 per cent so that we channel our revenues to development agendas," said Serem.
The Cabinet Secretary for Public service, Gender and youth Sicily Kariuki said that the productivity is still low in the Country compared to other countries.
"Public servants in this country should shift their focus from pay to productivity," said Kariuki.
The Commission's term is non-renewable.