Wednesday 26 November 2014

Kenya: Treasury releases Sh6.8bn for civil servants pay increase

By Marie Ravenne - 17 Jul 2012 12:47am

The Treasury has released Sh6.8 billion to cater for new salaries for civil servants this month.

The raises that will range from between 12 per cent and 22 per cent will benefit 133,322 civil servants and 1,577 officers of the National Youth Service.

Civil servants who would benefit are those between job groups A and T.

Civil servants in job groups A to L will receive a pay increase of between 17 and 18 per cent.

Those in job group M to T will enjoy a pay rise of between 12 and 20 per cent.

Under the new scales announced by Public Service minister Dalmas Otieno, the entry salary for the lowest category of government employee at job group A, will be Sh8,910 up from Sh7,619 per month on top of cumulative house and commuter allowance of Sh6,000.

The same category will earn a maximum pay of Sh9,420 per month up from Sh8,039 and those in job group B will enjoy a minimum pay increase of Sh9,420 from Sh8,039 earned currently and a maximum of Sh9,960 from Sh8,519 reflected in their current pay slips.

Those in job group C will earn a minimum pay of Sh9,660 from Sh8,259 and a maximum monthly pay of Sh10,380 from Sh8,819.

Their colleagues in job group D will earn Sh10,380 as their new pay, from Sh8,819 and a maximum of Sh11,370 up from Sh9,721.

Those in job group E will from this month take home a minimum pay of Sh11,370, up from Sh9,721 and a maximum of Sh13,140 up from Sh11,254.

Civil servants in job group F will earn a minimum pay of Sh12,510 from Sh10,717 and a maximum of Sh16,080 up from Sh12,416, while their counterparts in job group G will earn a minimum pay of Sh16,692 from Sh13,733 and a maximum of Sh21,304 from Sh17,527.

Those in job group H will earn a minimum pay of Sh19,323 up from Sh16,692 and a maximum pay of Sh24,662, up from Sh20,289 currently.

Public servants in job group K will earn Sh24,662 as their new pay from Sh21,304 they earn currently and a maximum of Sh29,918, from Sh25,895.

Job group K will earn Sh31,020 from Sh26,323 and a maximum pay of Sh41.590 up from Sh31,996, which they had been earning until last month, as the salary increase take effect at the beginning of this month.

Unionisable public servants in Job group L, will earn Sh35,910 per month, from Sh30,472 they had been earning awaiting the current pay rise.

The increase announced by Mr Otieno at a press briefing at his Harambee House office in Nairobi is good news for civil servants who have been agitating for the government to implement the pay increase negotiated in 2007.

The then defunct permanent public service remuneration review board recommended re-alignment of basic pay for civil servants as one of the ways of harmonising salaries in the public service, but the government has been implementing pay increase in phases due to the bloated public service sector.

Civil servants in the lower job groups have had to wait for years, after the government reviewed pay for top officers in the public service beginning 2008, but was held back by lack of funds from the Treasury.

Mr Otieno noted that the NYS had been left out of the salary review that saw an increase for the regular and administration police, and the Kenya Prison Service.

“The salaries were reviewed in 2007 and implementation started in 2008, but civil servants in lower job groups had to wait until Treasury availed the funds,” he said.

The minister hoped that the new increase would motivate the workers into better service delivery to wananchi.

The realignment of the salaries of the lower cadre of civil servants marks the last pay increase by the government for the civil service except for the teachers who still have a collective bargaining agreement in place, which expires in July 2013.

Mr Otieno said the salaries and remuneration commission would take over review of salaries for state officer following the last phase of re-alignment based on a job evaluation exercise by the commission.

Under the new salary scales, officers in Job group M will get a pay increase of Sh6,315 from Sh35,275 to Sh41,590, for the lowest earner with a maximum pay of between Sh55,840 from Sh42,877 currently while those in job group N will earn Sh48,190 per month up from their current salary of Sh40,835 and a maximum of Sh65,290 from Sh49,636.

Civil servants in Job group P will earn Sh77,527 as their new pay beginning this month, from Sh63,782 earned currently and a maximum monthly salary of Sh103,894 from Sh81,404.

Job group Q will earn minimum pay of Sh89,748 from Sh77,527 and a maximum of Sh120,270 from Sh98,947 while job group R would earn Sh109,089 from Sh94,235 and a maximum pay of Sh144,928 from Sh120,270.

Civil servants in Job group S will earn Sh120,270 from Sh100,620 per month and a maximum of Sh180,660 from 127,980.

Those completing the scale in job group T, will enjoy an increase of Sh24,080 in their pay slips this month up from Sh127,980 that they earn currently.

Under the new scale an NYS officer in the lowest job group PG1 will earn Sh13,200 up from Sh11,010 as the minimum monthly pay and a maximum of Sh21,270 from Sh17,790 while those in highest job group PG 15, will earn a maximum of Sh302,980 up from Sh200,500 per month.

Mr Otieno, who was flanked by PS Titus Ndambuki, said other state officers who had benefited from pay rise above levels applicable to the rest of the service included those in constitutional offices, Agenda Four commissions, parliamentary service, public universities, Judiciary, State Law Office, ministry of justice and Constitutional Affairs and the disciplined services.

The minister said although negotiations and push for higher salaries would be open in future through various unions, the salaries and remuneration commission would give advice, which would be final.

“Public servants should bear in mind that salaries increases in the public sector will no longer be awarded on the basis of agitation for higher pay but on the basis of universally acknowledged remuneration factors for determining pay to be determined through a service-wide job evaluation,” he said.

He also announced that no public servant would enjoy higher pay than the rest of the civil service under the new constitution, saying the trend where PSs hired under contracts from the private sector were paid salaries to match those they enjoyed with private firms, were a thing of the past.

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