Employment agencies directed to start implementing new pay scheme

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The chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Sarah Serem serem

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI ,NOV 24TH,2016-The salaries commission has directed government employing agencies to use the just-released job evaluation report to negotiate with the various unions on how much the workers should earn.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) directive comes two weeks after doctors, nurses, civil and county servants bashed the agency  for what they said was an assessment of their jobs that yielded little on what they should actually earn.

The commission said the assessment will ensure reward of performance rather than years served.

The evaluation, SRC added, had broken down the barriers of progression in public service and ensured that no two people in the same job groups, irrespective of place of work in the public service, earned different salaries.

“It is expected that public service employment agencies shall initiate negotiations with respective unions, on salaries based on the commission’s advice and in consideration of the principle of affordability and sustainability.” SRC Chief Executive Anne Gitau said in a statement.

The news job structure  has rendered redundant the remunerative allowances that form part of compensation pay, another huge shift that might cause friction with the unions.

 

“The job evaluation considered al factors associated with public sector for purposes of compensation, including job complexities, risks, decision making, physical and mental pressure among others.”

Mrs Gitau said that the job evaluation will also address issues of stagnated pay progression in the public service.

This, she said, will be addressed by specific pay entry points to be determined by the commission every July based on the performance of the economy.

The doctors, nurses, civil and county servants had opposed the job evaluation as having not addressed their main concerns.

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