PSC Chairman Mr. Steven Kirogo addressing stakeholders during the launch of the public sector wage bill study at Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi
Public Service Commission Chairman Mr. Steven Kirogo has reiterated the importance of having a competitive compensation structure for public servants based on productivity.He emphasized that for civil service to achieve the desired transformation, the need to formulate ways of attracting, motivating and retaining top talent in the public service is inevitable.
Speaking during the launch of the Public Sector Wage Bill study Report on 18th June 2019 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel Nairobi, Mr. Kirogo commended the report and said that the launch provides the actors with opportune moment of addressing the wage bill menace.
“This launch is an enthralling event because it places new focus and elevates debate on national fiscal policy and the extent to which it can mitigate risks with adverse impacts on our economy,” he said.
Salaries and Remuneration Commission Vice Chairperson Mr. Dalmas Otieno, highlighted the need to take strong measures to automate and integrate payroll management system as a measure of mitigating wastage and fraud through human resources processes.
“Regular internal and external payroll audit need to be undertaken to help in identifying inconsistencies and all non-compliance in management of government finances,” he added. Institutionalization and standardization of performance management practices across the public sector was also identified in the report as an aspect that will create harmony in measurement and rewarding performance.
The report also singled out the relevance of training and impact it has to individual officers in relation to the cost incurred by the government.
It recommends, harmonization of and consolidation of HR policies and procedure manuals in the entire Public Service; Mainstreaming confirmation of availability of funds as a binding constraint prior to recruitment process for various jobs in the public sector;
According to the report, expenditure between July 2012 and December 2017 from sampled institutions disclose a total wage bill increase of 63%.
Mr. Kirogo was the chief guest at the event and was accompanied by the Ag. CEO Mr. Simon Rotich, Director Performance and Service Delivery Improvement Dr. Silvestre Obong’o and Deputy Director Public Communication Mr. Browne Kutswa.