City Hall raises salaries amidst recruitment drive.

City Hall has increased allocation for staff salaries and perks by Sh747.4 million in the year to June amid a recruitment drive to replace its aging workforce.

The increased allocation comes at a time City Hall has been on a recruitment drive to replace its aging workforce and improve its enforcement action against businesses that default on payments of various levies and fees.

Through the supplementary budget tabled before the county assembly, City Hall has raised the allocation for staff costs from Sh5.62 billion to Sh6.01 billion. The supplementary budget shows that the additional funds will foot employee costs in the county executive office but excludes those in the four departments that were transferred to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

City Hall last year started the process of hiring 1,490 additional workers that included 800 security constables, 200 firefighters and over 400 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) care givers.

The recruitment drive was first announced in March last year in the middle of the transfer of four functions from the county to the National Government through NMS.

City Hall has a stretched workforce in emergency and disaster response department with only 120 trained firefighters and 13 were due to retire at the end of last year.

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