The government has approved a proposal by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to increase the monthly dues of the lower cadre of governmental officials, according to President William Ruto.
Speaking at the launch of digital government services on Friday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), President Ruto said that salary increases of between 7 and 10% will take effect on July 1, 2023.
The Head of State further explained that the decision was made as a result of the country’s current difficult economic conditions and that the raise is intended to protect the workers.
He further stated that the change will be effected to government employees below the level of a Principal Secretary, alongside teachers, policemen, as well as military officers.
“I know there is a proposal by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for the increase of salaries of different cadres of both civil servants and other public servants,” said the President.
“They have made a recommendation to us that they want to increase salaries of civil servants by an average of between 7 and 10 per cent; that is from office assistants, all the way to people who serve below the PSs.”
He added: “And because of the economic times we live in, we have approved that salaries of other civil servants can be adjusted beginning tomorrow (July 1).”
President Ruto however went on to add that he had rejected a similar proposal by the SRC to also increase the salaries of senior civil servants including himself, the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Parliament by an average of 14 per cent.
Other State officers who were poised to benefit from the pay rise proposed by SRC included Principal Secretaries, Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate, Leaders of Majority and Minority, Chief Justice, Judges, Magistrates, Governors as well as Chairpersons of Constitutional Commissions and Independent Office.