The Kenyan government has allocated Sh17.7 billion for salary increment for civil servants following a job evaluation exercise by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
The increment, which will take effect from July 1, 2023, will see the lowest-paid civil servant earn a basic salary of Sh15,000 per month, up from Sh13,000. The highest-paid civil servant will earn a basic salary of Sh1 million per month, up from Sh800,000.
The SRC said the increment was necessary to improve the welfare of civil servants and to make their salaries more competitive. The commission also said the increment would help to reduce the wage gap between civil servants and the private sector.
The government’s decision to increase the salaries of civil servants has been welcomed by trade unions, who have been calling for a pay rise for years. However, some economists have warned that the increment could lead to inflation and higher taxes.
Overall, the salary increment for civil servants is a positive development for the Kenyan economy. It will boost the morale of civil servants and help to attract and retain talent in the public sector. However, the government needs to be careful to manage the impact of the increment on inflation and taxes.