This is a heads up on the first primary cost to the devolved government, a terrific wage bill. The operational budget will also similarly be staggering. Bear in mind that the country currently collects revenues just below a trillion shillings. Salaries alone will wipe out more than 1/3 of that.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission recently published a proposal for the salaries for state officers and request public input.
I was able to obtain a copy from the Standard Newspaper Website and inserted into the spreadsheet below
Only the shaded area contains the proposal from SRC.
I have added some more columns like, how many people will be paid this amount, and a total wage bill
Below the proposal I included rows that reflect other civil servants. The whole idea behind the SRC is to harmonize pay across the board for civil servants. Its therefore important to remember to include these civil servants.
I am aware that the civil service is structure along job groups so those that want to can drill down to the individual job groups. The purpose of including them here is to provide a ball park figure for comparison and using that to estimate the national wage bill
All the numbers outside of the shaded area are estimates and if you know the exact numbers please do share
In general I make the following observations:-
One of the things that the SRC should determine when they set their scheme is whether its more useful for the country to have lets say a doctor perform his duties as a doctor or whether they want that doctor in politics
By this I mean that to be a County Ward Rep the minimum qualification is a secondary school certificate. This person on election earns approx Kshs.250,000.00 a month. A doctor or professional teacher with probably a masters degree earns 40,000 a month. without belittling one position over another, which of these occupations is more likely to help towards achieving vision 2030.
The SRC continues to propagate the exact reason Kenya has an unstable (macro) economic model. The here and now. Thats why we are suscpetible to external (and internal) fluctuations. Too much is going towards putting money in the pocket today rather than bring back a culture of savings and alternates
By this I mean that rather than pay these guys in the shaded area colossal sums of money, the entire state employment should be geared towards a savings and investments model, i.e lower more practical monthly wages, but with more access to affordable savings and investments e.g guarantees or schemes for home ownership, subsidized programs to access health, education etc. Take away the burden of the basics through strategic partnerships and voluntary contributions so that the state officer can enjoy their salary, but still live their lives with dignity allowing them to be more productive
Similar to (A) above, there should not be such a wide disparity in pay between the state officers in mainstream civil service vs the political postitions
Having set the package for the state office, they should then make recommendations or at least provide a formula for deriving the minimum wage