Public servants will have their salaries and allowances reviewed every four years under new regulations meant to match increases in the cost of living.
In new regulations submitted to Parliament, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has suggested an automatic review every four years.
There are currently no deadlines set for revising the salary of officers, including lecturers, doctors, and nurses.
The cost of living has increased significantly over time, decreasing the purchasing power of government employees whose monthly salaries have not been adjusted to match the changing state of the economy.
If Parliament approves the reforms, the employees will join other state employees, such as the president and members of parliament, whose salary is reviewed every four years.
“The commission shall review and advise on remuneration and benefits for other public officers every four years,” the commission says in the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (Remuneration and Benefits of State and other Public Officers) Regulations, 2022.
“The commission shall undertake the review taking into account the applicable national budgeting and planning cycles,” read the proposed regulations.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) provided annually by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will serve as the basis for the cost of living measurement (KNBS). CPI during the previous year was 6.1%.
Strikes and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) are the only ways left to workers to demand pay increases due to the lack of legal deadlines for automatic reviews of public servants’ salaries and allowances.
However, according to SRC, the pay reviews must be linked to the budgetary allocations and performance goals at the various public offices.
According to estimates, the public sector wage cost for elected officials is Sh830 billion annually, or well over half of the government’s revenue for the financial year that concluded in June 2021.