Teachers get lion’s share. The salaries and remuneration commission (SRC) has announced a salary increase of seven to ten percent for all civil employees backdated to July 1.
These increased salaries will cost Kenyans an extra ksh.21.7 billion in this financial year. Ksh 9.5 billion of this will go to educators.
In addition, SRC has predicted that the average pay increase over a period of two years will be between 7% and 10%.
SRC also stated that in cases of frozen salary structures, the pay rise will continue as budgeted until it attains the maximum salary point.
How will it be shared among other government employees?
Out of all the ksh21.7 billion, ksh126.9 will be assigned to executive state officers. Parliamentary state officers will also be awarded ksh78.9 million.
Ksh308.2 million will go to judges working for the state while county state workers get ksh408.9 million. Of the remaining, ksh1.8 billion will be assigned to general government employees. Ksh4.5 billion will go to uniformed and ordered forces.
County governments were also not left out. They will go with ksh4.1 billion. Other government employees will get ksh745.6 million.
It has been noted that the number of employees has gone up. This has therefore become a major contributing cause to the increase in the total pay bill cost.
Following the fact that our country is still growing, it will go on with hiring in vital industries. Some of these industries include healthcare, education, and also security. This is important because it aids in the government’s attempt to achieve proper ratios for an effective delivery of service.
A claim by SRC stated that an increase in number of employees does not necessarily affect the delivery of essential service.
When compared to other countries, Kenya has a low worker productivity. According to a statistics that was done by the international labour organization in 2021, Kenya ranks 151 of 185 countries worldwide. It also ranked 22nd of 46 in Africa.
Teachers get lion’s share in civil servants’ salary increment.