Newly appointed CASs to earn Sh780k salary
The 50 newly appointed Chief Administrative Secretaries in President William Ruto’s government will each draw a monthly salary of Sh780,000.
This revelation comes a day after the CASs took the oath of office and assumed their respective offices on Thursday at State House, Nairobi, in a function graced by President Ruto.
This means that the CASs will earn more than Principal Secretaries after the decision to raise the salary was made by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC). The CASs have now fallen in the category of Kenya’s best-paid officials in public service.
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A new SRC advisory to the Public Service Commission (PSC) shows that a CAS’s monthly pay will rise from Sh765,188 following a job evaluation that put the position in a higher job grade.
“SRC has determined the monetary worth of the job of CAS at grade F1 and would like to advise on the attendant remuneration and benefits structure,” said the SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich in a March 14, 2023 in a letter to her PSC counterpart, Anthony Muchiri.
Only the President and the Deputy President, who earn Sh1.44 million and Sh1.23 million respectively, and the Attorney-General, Cabinet Secretaries, the Secretary to the Cabinet and the Head of Public Service (Sh924,000 each) will be earning more than the CASs, whose job description is to deputise the Cabinet Secretaries.
The SRC said the Chief Administrative Secretary position will now fall in grade F1, marking a departure from the PSC grading that had classified them under CSG 3 or an equivalent of Job Group V.
A CAS’s salary is made up of Sh459,113 basic pay, Sh165,000 house allowance and Sh155,887. The new pay structure means that the 50 CASs will be cost the taxpayers Sh468 million annually in salaries alone.