Revealed: This Is How Much Kenyans Pay Teachers And Other Public Servants #KNUTStrikeFund

Posted: October 2, 2015 in News
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Public servants in Kenya take home more than half of what the country collects each year in taxes. This has raised questions on whether the public wage bill will be sustainable should continued clamour for salary increments persist.

The wage bill, which is at 52 per cent of total revenues collected, is considered way above the average of 35 per cent that other countries of Kenya’s stature pay their public servants.

In the 2014/15 financial year, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) collected KSh 1.08 trillion in taxes. Of this amount, KSh 568 billion was paid to public servants, with teachers taking home the lion’s share of KSh 140 billion.

According to the National Treasury, the public wage bill takes into account basic salary as well as responsibility, entertainment, transport, house, hardship, extraneous, security, domestic servant, non-practicing, top-up house, car maintenance, foreign services, risk, late duty and constituency allowances.

“These remunerative allowances are paid to employees as part of their monthly earnings. Some commentators have questioned the accuracy of this figure of KSh 568 Billion for public sector wage bill for FY2014/15 while others have called it a lie. We want to reconfirm to Kenyans that indeed KSh 568 Billion is the correct figure,” the National Treasury said in a notice seen by sources.

Kenya’s 280,000 teachers are currently on strike demanding salary increments as awarded to them by the High Court in June this year. Justice Nduma Nderi awarded them a payrise of between 50 and 60 per cent on their basic salaries. The government contested this decision and moved to court to have the order quashed.

While the government insists that honouring teachers’ pay demand hike would spark a series of salary rise demands from other public servants and push the wage bill out of control, teachers have maintained they will not resume teaching unless they are paid.

“At 52 per cent of revenues and 10 per cent of GDP, the current wage bill is already too high and any further increases would have serious economic consequences,” the Treasury said.

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