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GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES.
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is proposing to increase travel allowances for State officers traveling to official events outside of Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru.

At the moment, State officers traveling on official business to communities outside of cities and county seats get up to 67% more than those going to Nairobi.

The commission seeks to replace the present travel allowance rates, which have been in effect since 2017, with new ones that will benefit State employees who travel outside of Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru.

Government personnel whose postings are outside of cities, county seat locations, Malindi, and Naivasha would experience an increase in their daily local travel allowances of between Sh1,200 and Sh8,000 as a result of the reforms.

Depending on the occupational group, the proposed increments will increase the minimum daily rates for local travel by between 40% and 66.70%.

Daily Allowance for Subsistence

Public officials are given daily subsistence allowances (DSA) payments to assist them in doing their official tasks while they are away from their duty locations—both domestically and abroad.

“SRC has reviewed DSA rates in the public service,” claims SRC. It did this “in accordance with the mandate of the SRC, and in accordance with the principles set forth in Article 230(5) of the Constitution, and Section 12 of the SRC Act, 2011.”

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The SRC plan calls for a flat rate of Sh22,000 for the highest ranking State executives and civil servants, an increase of 57% from the Sh14,000 paid to employees assigned to county seat locations, Malindi, and Naivasha.

The overall wage bill climbed from Sh784 billion in the fiscal year 2012/13 to Sh1.055 trillion in the following year, making up more than 50% of the regular receipts.

SRC recommends a unified strategy for other employment categories by introducing a set rate that is equal to the maximum allowances obtained by State officers while acting in official capacity in the four locations.

The proposals include increasing the minimum daily domestic travel stipend by Sh1,200, or 40%, to match the Sh4,200 paid to government personnel for assignments in cities.

The proposed changes would standardize the travel allowance at Sh18,200 for government employees in job groups U to V as well as State officers in grades F1, F2, and E5.

The SRC is aiming to standardize travel allowance rates at Sh16,800 for public employees in job groups S–T as well as state officers in grades E3 and E4.

This will result in a 60% increase for those who have been receiving the lowest allowances in this group.

Additionally, the daily subsistence allowance for state officers in grades E2, E1, and D5 and civil servants in job groups P-R will increase from Sh8,400 to Sh14,000 for assignments in towns outside of cities, county seats, and Malindi.

State officers in grade D4 and civil employees in job groups K to N would get a consistent wage of Sh11,200 for postings outside of cities.

The planned harmonisation will also benefit civil officials in job groups F to J, with travel reimbursement fixed at the cities’ expense of Sh6,300.

The suggestions state that the monthly home allowance for job group K personnel working in Nairobi will now be Sh16,500 instead of Sh10,000.

Public officers in Nairobi’s job group A will now pay Sh3,750 per month, up from Sh3,000, to drivers, personal secretaries, cleaners, and messengers.

The SRC plan will increase travel reimbursements for civil officials.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE MORE TRAVEL ALLOWANCES.

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