The Salaries and Remuneration Commission marked its first six years which coincided with the end of the term ceremony themed The six years’ journey in public service remuneration management. The event held on 5th December 2017 was graced by Deputy President and other guests including Cabinet Secretaries, Chairs of Constitution Commissions and Independent Offices, and Principal Secretaries.

The Chair of SRC, Sarah Serem, noted that following the appointment and swearing into office in January 2012, the Commissioned had to start from scratch. She, however, observed that she the bushes then were foreboding and it required the Commission to have steely hearts and strong determination. “I must say it has been a rollercoaster of a journey that required single-mindedness of purpose, sacrifice, hard work and teamwork,” she said.

Further, the she observed that the Commission despite various challenges, had achieved a lot over the last six years which is attributed to the goodwill of all stakeholders and teamwork within the SRC family. Some of the achievements include: development of Remuneration and Benefits Policy; and wage bill sustainability through temporary freeze on wage review, adoption of 4 year review cycle, job evaluation for the entire public service, and review and harmonization of allowances among others.  Through these strategies, the wage bill has marginally reduced as a factor of revenue despite the establishment of more offices through devolution.

However, Mrs. Serem noted that the Commission still had a lot to do in order to attain the acceptable wage bill ratios and meet the development agendas. Also, government institutions need a holistic approach on issues that have direct impact on wage bill and especially address the two variables; the pay levels (values) and the numbers which determine the wage bill. “Whereas SRC’s strategies have majorly centred on the values as per the mandate, the same has not created the desired impact given that the number of employees has continued to increase especially over the last 4 years,” she observed.

While launching SRC’s End of Term Report 2011-2017, the Deputy President H.E. William Ruto observed that efforts to bring down the wage bill were being eroded by the huge numbers in the public service. He urged national and county governments to support harmonisation of salaries for public servants as part of the grand strategy to reduce wage bill.

The Deputy President hailed the Commission for a job well done, and lauded it for its professionalism, high standards and commitment.

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