The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has officially published revised salaries and allowances that should be paid to teachers, civil servants, and other state officers.
These new salary changes have been gazetted by the commission to facilitate the implementation of increased compensation within government entities, including bodies like the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Effective retroactively from July 1, 2023, the SRC has augmented the salaries of state employees and other public servants, with the retroactive pay scheduled to appear in the August payrolls.
In a press briefing on August 9, SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich stated that the salary overhaul encompasses state officials and public sector workers, with the overarching goal of ensuring financial sustainability.
Mengich elaborated that this review process was informed by various considerations, including the existing remuneration structures and benefits, particularly for individuals whose compensation falls below the market positioning.
“This review seeks to adjust salary structures below the 50th percentile so as to achieve equity and fairness through harmonization to the extent of affordability and physical sustainability,” Mengich elaborated.
As per the commission’s assessment, State officers currently rank at the 45th percentile, state corporations at the 89th percentile, civil servants across national and county levels at the 39th percentile, teachers within the teaching services at the 36th percentile, public universities at the 49th percentile, and other public officials at the 84th percentile.
The salary raise is being reevaluated due to factors such as adjustments to the cost of living and adherence to legal requirements, including compliance with a mandated minimum threshold, among other considerations.
“The average increase over two years stands between seven to ten percent, encompassing existing notch increments averaging 3 percent annually.” Mengich Stated.
Cabinet Secretaries will experience a modest 2 percent salary increase, resulting in a revised monthly compensation of Sh957,000 from the previous Sh924,000.
Nevertheless, the commission opted to retain the existing salaries for President William Ruto and Deputy Rigathi Gachagia, as their current remuneration surpasses prevailing market standards.
Ruto had earlier committed to freezing wage increases for State officers, citing concerns over the potential exacerbation of wage disparities.