In Summary
  • Those above the age of 60 are almost retiring and those in the middle age cadre only possess common skills.
  • The unskilled workforce constitutes the bigger chunk of employees who take bigger resources in terms of salaries.
  • City Hall only receives Sh900 million from the national government and is supposed to generate the balance from local revenue.

The Nairobi City County workforce is bloated with an unskilled and ageing workforce that has led to the ballooning of the wage bill to Sh1.5 billion a month with little in return regarding services.

In a county that has over 14,000 workers, 8,400 have bare minimum education standards and are unskilled and only 240 workers are professionals.

Speaking to Nation at City Hall, Public Service Board chairman Philip Kungu said the workforce is made up of people inherited from the national government, those whose functions were devolved and those newly employed by the city county.

“The composition of the staff that we have here has serious issues. The numbers are big and the county wants efficient service delivery.

"We require necessary competency and skills and we have a situation where 70 per cent have bare minimum education with only primary school education and are over 55 years (old),” said Mr Kungu.


He said workers aged 60 are almost retiring and those in middle age only possess common skills, while professionals make up only two per cent, calling the structure unrealistic.

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