Your househelp salary has just gone up by 14% to 10,000
The government has announced a 14 per cent increase in minimum wage during labor day celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the increment during his first celebrations after being sworn in as fourth president of Kenya on March 4.
This means that your house help(domestic worker) will now earn 9,580 if you live in Nairobi plus NHIF,this comes to about 10,000.
Under the Kenyan law a domestic worker includes a cleaner, cook, gardener, nanny and housekeeper. Kenya passed the Domestic Workers’ Law in June 201.
Under Kenyan law, Minimum wage for domestic workers in cities is a monthly salary of sh8, 580,sh 7,916 in municipalities and sh 4,577 in other areas
- Domestic workers are entitled to 2 days of rest every week and an annual leave of 21 days with full salary.
- The Employment Act defines a penalty for those who do not comply with the law to six months imprisonment or a fine of 50,000 shillings
- Employers who fail to remit NHIF deductions for their domestic workers,risk a monthly penalty amounting to 5 times the contribution
However most Kenyans have opposed this law terming it untenable.
“So I pay my worker the almost 8,000 I earn and remain with 7,000, I pay rent 5,000, I pay electricity 1,500, I pay water 500 and remain with zero. no shopping, to add salt to injury, 21 days off while I only get 2 days off per month,” says a mother of one.
The other problem is the level of retention of domestic workers in Kenya. Most rarely stick to a job for more that three months. It is a Kenyan joke that parents are always in the look out for a domestic worker.
Domestic workers now have a union, “The Kenyan Union of Domestic,Hotel, Educational Institutions,Hospitals,and Allied Workers.”