In Summary
  • Considering the generally high cost of living, the civil servants will not feel any tangible difference in their lives.

  • The government’s dream is to have a lean and efficient civil service that can be well-remunerated.

There should be some jubilation in the civil service following the salary increment announced by the government recently. However, it is a miniscule effort that will make little difference in the lives of the government employees. The increases of between Sh1,400 and Sh4,300 per month are marginal, indeed. Considering the generally high cost of living, the civil servants will not feel any tangible difference in their lives.

However, the recipients must be aware that these are difficult times and, even in the private sector, which generally pays higher salaries, many redundancies have been declared in recent months.

For the government, it has been a tough struggle to deal with the huge wage bill from what has generally been acknowledged to be a bloated workforce. The government’s dream is to have a lean and efficient civil service that can be well-remunerated.

WILD RECRUITMENT

This is not going to be easy to achieve and the situation has been compounded by the wild recruitment by the counties.

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