A minimum wage increase was announced last year but the wage order was not released until 8th January 2019. Many people were wondering why it was taking so long to gazette the new wage order.

Finally, it is here (for the general wage order) and here (for the agricultural industry). Despite the late gazettement, it’s effective date is 1st May 2018.

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  1. caroline says:

    so does this mean salaries should be backdated?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      From 1st May 2018

  2. Wanjiku says:

    Are the amounts given on a gross basis meaning including House Allowance and any other allowances included?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      The daily wage includes house allowance but the monthly wage does not meaning the housing allowance must be added.

  3. James says:

    Hi, would like to know if one is a union member and wants to resign is he/she entitled to his/her service dues ,that is , will one be paid for the years he had worked for Employer?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Confirm with the CBA on whether there is a provision for gratuity/service pay.

  4. Lorrine Chakava says:

    Dear Anne,

    I have a sales team whom i offered employment subject to performance. After 3 months probation, it was very clear as per the performance evaluations that their performance was not satisfactory. They had not even met a quarter of their target.

    I therefore propose to change their remuneration and peg it to achieving 70% of their performance for full retainer and a maximum set retainer in the even they don’t meet targets but their funnel is promising.

    Kindly advise on the best way of going about this.

    1. Anne Babu says:

      What you propose is a change to their terms and conditions of employment for which you need their consent and sign off.

  5. Dancan N W says:

    Hi ,I would like to know how/or if its possible to claim your service/benefit from your employer in a case where one left with out notice of termination of service.

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Hi, if you left without notice you owe the employer and the employer can cliam the notice pay from you. Unless there was a service benefit in your contract, no service benefit is due if you were on NSSF.

  6. Vall says:

    Hey Ann,

    I looked at the General Wage Order and I couldn’t find office workers like Accountants, Admin Assistants etc, do you know where I can find this info?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Hi, the general wage only covers the categories of staff mentioned in the order. Everyone else negotiates their pay.

  7. KEVIN says:

    Hi…if your Gross salary is 30,000 shillings per month..Do you qualify for this increment

    1. Anne Babu says:

      The order applies to the categories of workers indicated only and it only deals with those on minimum wage.

  8. Jeff says:

    Is a cashier in a high end restaurant fall under the general wages order and if yes what rate do I use to calculate their Salary or their remuneration is negotiated without following the minimum wage. Thank you

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Check the part under cashiers etc…in the table.

  9. daniel says:

    Hello, should a person, whose not know about kudheiha, get helped when he lose job?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      A union can only help you if you are a member.

  10. Anne says:

    Good article, at the rate wages are increasing we shall not be able to afford house helps & in general workers as the economy is not growing in tandem with the increases in wages. We shall therefore see a lot of industries relocating to countries with cheaper labour and the vicious cycle of unemployment thus poverty will continue to grow.

  11. Victor says:

    Hi Ann, I work for one of the best restaurants in Nairobi as admin assistant but feel the pay is low, because I have worked here for 3 years. what’s the minimum wedge for admin assistant?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Please check the wage order and see whether that category is covered.

  12. Fatma mohamed says:

    Hi, kindly advice on where carewash staff fall in the minimum wage category.

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Confirm from the category of workers listed in the wage order.

  13. Brenda says:

    Hi, for casuals when do you use the hourly rate as op[posed to the daily rate?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      The employer decides.

  14. Bob says:

    Hi Anne. I am seeking to hire a casual worker, on a once a week basis, however I am not quite sure whether I have covered everything in the contract. Is there a template that you have that I could work off of?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Hi, We have a template of a contract for a domesctic workers for USD 50.

  15. Joel says:

    Am PCEA school sponsored employee. What action can an employee take if forced to pay the new NSSF rates in dispute?

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Lodge a grievance through the schools’ internal grievance system. It is better if you do this collectively as opposed to individually.

  16. James Ng'ang'a says:

    Dear Anne,

    What is the procedure of terminating an employee due to shortage of work who have worked for 4 years

    1. Anne Babu says:

      Check the posts on redundancy.

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