Kenyan civil servants had gone nine months without a pay increase.
This came after state departments submitted salary increase requests totaling KSh 18.83 billion, which the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) rejected.
The panel claims that civil servants filed demands for KSh 17 billion in collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), KSh 993.58 million in allowances, and KSh 630.94 million in salary.
SRC observed that a decision was made to set a sustainable cap on the public wage bill. According to Business Daily, SRC stated, “In this way, we will be able to assure government financial year wage bill sustainability and compliance to the existing standards.” expense of living The commission rejected civil servants, approving KSh 1.476 billion from the proposals.
The rising cost of essential food goods and gasoline products has proven difficult for Kenyans. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced in June 2022 that inflation had reached a record high of 7.9 percent. This was brought on by a 13.8% increase in the cost of basic food items and a 7.1% increase in the cost of transportation.
According to SRC Chairperson Lyn Cherop Mengich, the commission’s decision to initiate a pay review is intended to protect the state from the high costs.
Nearly half of the country’s total revenue is spent on public wages. The action is intended to free up an estimated KSh 100 billion that might be used for debt repayment and development. Government programs Kenyans were shielded from the high cost of living seen worldwide by the government through a variety of measures, according to Cyrus Oguna, the government’s spokesperson, who stated this in July 2022.
In addition to waiving the import tariff on maize, Oguna stated that the government is searching for a long-term solution to maintain self-sufficiency in the manufacture of cooking oil.