SRC scraps more allowances for public servants
The Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) has reviewed the allowances for state and public officers..
In the latest review, the commission has scrapped:
- Retreat Allowances,
- Sitting Allowances for Institutional Internal Committees and
- Taskforce Allowances for Institutional Internal Committees.
According to the commission, payment of the allowances in addition to the basic salary amounts to double compensation.
The commission has also reviewed the Daily Subsistence Allowance, where allowances for local travels have been standardized for respective grades of public servants.
“The DSA for Foreign Travel remains unchanged, save for correction of a few countries,” SRC said in a press release on Wednesday, August 9.
The reviews have been made in phase two of a process of streamlining allowances for state and public officers, as the commission aims to achieve transparency, accountability, equity and fairness in remuneration, and to ensure affordability and fiscal sustainability of the wage bill.
Phase one of the review process saw the commission scrap Plenary Sitting Allowances, Ministerial Allowance and Taxable Car Allowance.
The latest review by SRC has seen teachers get a lion’s share of the Ksh. 21.7 billion that the National Treasury allocated to SRC for FY 2023/24.
While the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) got 44.2% of the budget, the security sector got 20.9% and County Governments were allocated 18.8%.
Another 8.5% of the wage bill has gone to the civil service, 4.3% to state officers and 3.4% has been allocated to other public officers.
The review by SRC will also see state officers get a salary increment of 7-10%, which will be backdated to July 1.
However, President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua will not receive a salary increments.
SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich said the commission honoured the President’s request that his (Ruto) and Rigathi’s salaries to remain unchanged.