Nairobi, June 30, 2023 – In a bid to alleviate the financial burden faced by many Kenyans, President William Ruto has announced a salary increase for civil servants ranging from 7% to 10%, effective from July 1, 2023.
The decision was revealed during the launch of over 5000 Government Services in the E-Citizen portal at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
Addressing the audience, President Ruto acknowledged the challenging economic times faced by the citizens of Kenya.
He emphasized the importance of supporting those who serve in various government positions, highlighting their crucial role in delivering essential services to the nation.
The salary increase was approved by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and will benefit a wide range of civil servants, including teachers, police officers, military personnel, and all government officials below the rank of Permanent Secretary and Cabinet Secretaries.
However, President Ruto declined the SRC’s recommendation to increase the salaries of the President, the Deputy President, Permanent Secretaries, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of Parliament (MPs) by 10%.
Citing his commitment to prioritizing the welfare of lower-level government employees, President Ruto stated that it was necessary to address the needs of the lower cadre first.
This move to boost the salaries of civil servants comes at a time when many Kenyans are grappling with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising inflation, unemployment, and the high cost of living have exacerbated the financial strain on households across the country.
The salary increase is expected to provide relief to civil servants and their families, enabling them to cope better with the rising costs of basic necessities and improve their overall standard of living.