The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) issued new guidelines on how much money state officers in the next government will earn. The salary increases took into account market positioning, constitutional and statutory principles on review of remuneration and benefits.
The changes will take effect in the 2022/2023 financial year and will affect basic salary, house allowance, commuter allowance and Salary Market Adjustment (SMA), according to the Kenya Gazette Notice of July 27, 2022.
The gross monthly compensation for a Cabinet Secretary is Sh924,000, which includes Sh554,400 in base pay, Sh200,000 in housing allowance, and Sh169,600 in salary market adjustment. They also have access to a mortgage up to KSh40 million and a car loan up to KSh10 million. The CSs are also provided with a government vehicle with a maximum 3000cc engine size for transportation.
The commission stated that for the duration of the loan, the applicable rate of interest would be 3% per year on a lowering balance. In Kenya, where the average rate is about 12% but ranges from nine to 14 per cent, this is among the best interest rates offered.
Medical Benefits include a yearly medical insurance plan that covers one spouse and up to four children who are fully dependent on the state officer and are under the age of 25 as follows: Inpatient KSh. 10 million, Outpatient KSh. 300,000, Maternity KSh. 150,000, Dental KSh. 75,000, Optical KSh. 75,000.
Cabinet Secretaries also get airtime benefits up to a maximum of KSh.20,000 per month and an annual leave allowance of KSh. 50,000 per annum. The Salaries and remuneration Commission noted that daily subsistence for State officials in the executive branch of the national government should receive reimbursement for domestic and international travel expenses at the rates periodically evaluated and established by the commission.
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