Kenya’s government is planning to make changes to how it manages its employees’ salaries. They aim to reduce the amount of money they spend on salaries to 35% of their total income by 2028.

During a meeting called the third national wage bill conference in Nairobi, the government decided on nine important points. These decisions suggest that there might be difficult discussions ahead for people who work for the government.

Every government institution, both national and county levels, will need to move their salary records to a special computer system called the Human Resource Information System Kenya by June next year.

As part of these changes, they also want to review how they measure the performance of their employees. Instead of focusing on the things employees do or how much time they spend, they want to focus on what they achieve and the results of their work. This review will happen by December 2024.

These decisions will affect workers in both the national and county governments. The government wants all public institutions to look at their staff and make sure they have the right number of people with the right skills. They want to make sure that they’re not spending too much money on salaries.

Lyn Mengich, who leads the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), said that all government institutions need to start using a tool called performance contracting. This tool helps make sure that employees are doing their jobs well. Starting from July 1st, 2024, all public institutions will have to use this tool.

Government officials at the county level, as well as ministries and agencies, need to come up with better plans for how they’re going to work. They need to send these plans to their bosses for approval by June 30th, 2024. The government will keep an eye on how much money they spend on salaries, making sure it doesn’t go over 35% of their income by June 30th, 2028.

The government also wants to stop situations where people get jobs in the government using fake certificates. They also want to make sure that different government offices aren’t doing the same job, which costs more money.

President William Ruto talked about these changes during the Third National Wage Bill Conference in Nairobi. He expects the government to do better at keeping track of how much they spend. He said they’ve already made progress, reducing the amount they spend on salaries from 51% to 46%.

President Ruto wants to reduce the wage bill even more, down to 35% of the government’s income by 2027. He believes that if they can collect more taxes and fight corruption, they’ll have more money to spend on other things. He thinks they could collect up to an extra KSh 500 billion or even KSh 1 trillion by using technology to help the Kenya Revenue Authority collect taxes.

President Ruto also mentioned that the government is trying to create more jobs outside of the government. He said they can’t hire everyone who needs a job, so they need to find other ways for people to work.