Civil servants in Kenya are set for a 7.3 per cent pay increase in July. The pay increase will include higher housing and hardship allowances, and will only affect employees working for the national government. This is according to documents submitted at parliament.
The documents show that the National Treasury has allocated an additional Sh. 26.5 billion for salaries. This will effectively lift the total wage budget to Sh. 386.5 billion from the current Sh. 360 billion.
Out of the Sh26.5 billion salary increment allocation for next year, Sh20 billion will go towards harmonisation of salaries and allowances for national government employees. This is in line with recommendations by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
civil servants possessing same skills, qualifications and experience will be clustered in the same job group regardless of whether they are employees of the national government, county governments, constitutional commissions, state corporations or independent commissions.
Currently, Kenya has a bloated wage bill which stood at Sh. 568 billion equal to 52 per cent of total revenues in the 12 months to June 2015. This means that the public wage bill is 17 per cent above the global average of 35 per cent for middle income countries.