SRC Scraps Car Grants And Sitting Allowances For MPs

Salaries and Renumaration Commission Chairperson Lyn Mengich during the a press briefing over housing allowance for the Members of Parliament in Nairobi on May 16,2019.Photo/Enos Teche

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has now abolished sitting allowances as well as car grants and transport mileage for Members of Parliament.

This as part of a new review of the remuneration and benefits for State officers announced by SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich on Thursday.

Ms. Mengich however stated that the salary structure for the MPs as well as other State officers will remain the same even in the new review, hence the gross pay has been retained.

“The consolidated salary has been deconsolidated and itemised into basic structure, house allowance, commuter allowance and salary market adjustment,” Ms. Mengich stated.

The SRC boss further noted that the move was arrived at following consideration of such factors as job evaluation, salary surveys, economic outlook, deconsolidation of pay, as well as stakeholder engagement.

“The commission undertook job evaluation across the public service to determine the relative worth of jobs and to harmonise job grades within and across sectors to ensure equity and fairness in salary structures,” said Ms. Mengich.

“The commission carried out salary surveys covering international benchmarks, and private and public sector salary surveys. These provided market data, which will inform the salary structures in the last phase of this cycle.”

She added: “The review took into account Kenya’s economic performance for the financial years 2020/2021-2021/2022, as well as affordability and fiscal sustainability.”

Ms. Mengich also noted that the commission, in making its decision, analysed consultative public engagements with the public, besides considering a judgement by the Employment and Labour Relations court in 2019 urging for the deconsolidation of the remuneration for State officers.

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