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The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is one of the independent Commissions established by The Constitution of Kenya 2010; under Article 230 and was established with a view to bring order and sanity in salary setting.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is one of the independent Commissions established by The Constitution of Kenya 2010; under Article 230 with the mandate to:

     - Set and regularly review the remuneration and benefits of all state officers;  and
     - Advise the National and County Governments on the remuneration and benefits of all other public officers.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is one of the independent Commissions established by The Constitution of Kenya 2010; under Article 230.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission Act providing for the setting of the Commission was enacted in 2011. Members of the Commission were appointed on 16th December, 2011 and sworn in on 10th January, 2012.

Coming from a background where remuneration and benefits have been set through ad hoc Committees and Commissions and undue pressure from unions, the Commission inherited an unsustainable wage bill characterised by a remuneration structure that was disparate and inequitable. Under the previous constitutional dispensation, the determination of salaries in the public offices was vested in various offices.

In the absence of a public service pay policy, remuneration of various sub sectors of the public service was either reviewed through administrative reviews, collective bargaining, institutional processes or ad hoc commissions/committees. Such committees were also used to review terms and conditions of service including grading of jobs. Since 1960, there have been several public pay review commissions and committees. Instead of looking at the public service in a holistic way, most of these commissions and committees were constrained by their mandate to adopt selective approaches.

Furthermore, their focus was targeted to specific sub sectors of the public service. They were also ad hoc in the sense that they were constituted whenever there was pressure from the workers. This led to disparities and inequalities which manifested in substantial differences in salaries, allowances other benefits and grading which resulted in discontent, low morale and inefficiencies in the public service.

The purpose of creating the Commission was to set and review remuneration and benefits for state officers and advise the national and county governments on the benefits for the other public officers.

The functions of the SRC are to:

    - Inquire into and advise on the salaries and remuneration to be paid out of public funds;
    - Keep under review all matters relating to the salaries and remuneration of Public Officers;
    - Advise the national and county governments on the harmonization, equity and fairness of remuneration for the attraction and retention of requisite skills in the public sector;
    - Conduct comparative surveys on the labor markets and trends in remuneration to determine the monetary worth of the jobs of Public Officers;
    - Determine the cycle of salaries and remuneration review upon which Parliament may allocate adequate funds for implementation;
    - Make recommendations on matters relating to the salary and remuneration of a particular State or Public Officer;
    - Make recommendations on the review of pensions payable to holders of Public Offices; and
    - Perform such other functions as may be provided by the Constitution or any other written law.

The Commission made a decision to use the per capita GDP to determine the base remuneration for the Kenyan State Officers. This approach, together with revenue to GDP ratio, was considered the most appropriate for Kenya based on the Constitutional principles of equity, fairness and fiscal sustainability among others.
For more information, kindly contact:

The Chairperson,
Salaries and Remuneration Commission
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (20) 2710065/81

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Salaries & Remuneration Commission,
Williamson House 6th Floor,
P.O. Box 43126 - 00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Phone: +254 (20) 2710065/81,
Email: info@src.go.ke

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