SRC Increases Salaries, Backdated to July 1

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission  has approved a salary increase for other state and public officers that will be backdated  to July 1, 2023.

The salary increments were announced by Lyn Mengich, the Salaries, and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson, on Wednesday, August 9. 

“The average increase is 7 to 10 per cent over a two-year period, inclusive of the existing notch increase, which averages 3 per cent annually. The review covers the entire public service within the context of affordability and fiscal sustainability,” said Mengich.

Cabinet Secretaries will have their salaries increased by about 3.5% .

The increment is, however, lower than the amount proposed by SRC, which would have seen CSs receive a monthly salary of Ksh. 990,000.

The proposal also wanted the President to earn Ksh.1.54 million and the DP to earn Ksh.1.36 million.

Salary payments totaling Ksh.21.7 billion will be made to both state and public officials.

State officers in Parliament will be allocated Ksh78 million, which accounts for 0.4 per cent of the total allocation. Their counterparts in the Judiciary will get Ksh305 million representing 1.4 per cent.

On the other hand, county state officers shall get Ksh408 million (1.9 per cent).

Teachers were allocated Ksh9.5 billion (44.2 per cent), and the civil service was given Ksh1.8 billion (8.5 per cent).

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua will however not receive a salary increase in the 2023/24 salary increment for public and state officers.

While dismissing the salary increase, President Ruto maintained that the wage disparity between low- and high-earning public servants is enormous and should be narrowed.

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