Last year’s Labour Day celebrations saw, Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani, speaking on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced a 5% increase in the minimum wage, according to Standard Media. This was an increase of 13,572 KES/Month from 12,926.55 KES/Month in 2017.
However, during the 2019 celebrations, there was no mention of wage increment.
The Labour CS Ukur Yattan said the government would create one million new jobs in the manufacturing sector. “This will raise the sector’s contribution to GDP from the current 8.5 percent to 15%,” he said, according to the Star.
According to the 2019 Economic Survey, the private sector annual real average earnings per employee increased by 3.2 percent to KSh 378,364.7 in 2018.
Similarly, real average earnings per employee in the public sector increased by 3.2% to KSh 370,873.1 in 2018.
The average wage earnings for employees in the private sector were higher than those in the public sector in some sectors such as professional, scientific and technical activities, financial and insurance activities and electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply.
The sectors whose public sector earnings did better than the private sector include; wholesale and retail trade, transportation and storage and manufacturing.