Government Hikes House Helps Pay to Ksh13,500

  • The government has ordered employers in major urban centres to pay house helps and other domestic workers a minimum monthly salary of ¬†Ksh 13,572.

    The increment will affect those living in urban areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

    Those living in all former municipalities and town councils should pay their workers a monthly salary of Ksh 12,522 or a daily rate of Ksh 600.

    All other areas will now pay house helps Ksh 7,240 monthly or Ksh 367 daily.

    Currently, most homeowners pay domestic workers a salary of between Ksh5,000 and Ksh10,000.

    Among those set to enjoy the new pay include cleaners, sweepers, gardeners, babysitters, house servants, day watchmen and messengers.

    A Gazette Notice signed by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani dated December 19 stated the new order will be inclusive of housing allowance.

    Employers were also required to make contributions to the statutory pension (NSSF) scheme and medical cover (NHIF) of Ksh 200 and Ksh 400 per month respectively.

    Regulations setting minimum pay for domestic workers were launched in 2011 to align the country with the stringent International Labour Organisation (ILO) proposals.

    The introduction was aimed at improving the working conditions for those employed in the informal economy.