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Kenyans react to government directives of salary hike for househelps’

The government, through the Ministry of Labour, has issued directives of a 12% salary increment for domestic workers.

This means that in major towns (Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu) the minimum wage bill for house helps will be Kes 13,572 per month or Kes 650 per day.

Kenyans have not taken this lying down but rather have come out up in arms to dismiss this move. In unison, Kenyans have come out asking the government to first pay its own civil servants better, and given directives for the private sectors to do the same as well.

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Kenyans took to social media to rage their disappointments.

Ndinda Dee Then I will require the househelp to have a diploma In food production,nutrition and food science, 4yrs experience in laundry and housekeeping.not forgetting food handlers cert.Kra pin, others to be included in the calling letter

Erico Neshville 13,500to a house help is similar to that person earning 40,000 reason being she doesn’t pay rent ,she eats anything in the house especially the top layer,she doesn’t pay any bill,no commutation, besides when doing laundry they usually fetch some money on mzees trouser its such an opportunity,those who work in Nairobi and its environs can attest to this

Claire Mokeira Thank you, my Government! Go a step further and give the same directive to my employer. That money has to come from somewhere 🙄

Mukami Murithi This a great Idea my dear government…but could you kindly pliz ask my employer to increase my salary… and a gud one so that I can balance my budget every month. Let’s help each other here…it’s a two way game ARA🤷

Claire Mokeira Thank you, my Government! Go a step further and give the same directive to my employer. That money has to come from somewhere 🙄

Ngahu Wa Kamau As a teacher how much does the same government pay me to afford my house help such a pay?

Samuel Kimwaki Most of them are paid over 13,000. Basic salary 5000 house allowance 4000 meal allowance 6000 total 15000

Suzie Kendra They should be ready to pay us: 1. Housing / bed 2. Food 3. Soap and toiletries 4. TV and entertainment 5. Hospital bills that we pay for them asi !!!!!!!

Mukami Murithi This a great Idea my dear government…but could you kindly pliz ask my employer to increase my salary… and a gud one so that I can balance my budget every month. Let’s help each other here…it’s a two way game ARA🤷

A new Gazette Notice signed by the CS of Labour Ukur Yattani listed that all other areas will pay KSh 7,240 monthly or KSh 367 daily.

In 2015, the government had given domestic works a 12% pay increase, effectively pushing their monthly salary to KSh 10, 954

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