Security Guards Set to Earn More Than BOM and JSS Intern Teachers.
Kenyan educators play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the nation, yet discussions about their compensation often raise questions and concerns. While much attention has been given to the recent changes in minimum wages for security guards, it’s essential to delve into the salary structures of teachers, specifically focusing on Board of Management (BOM) teachers and Junior Secondary School (JSS) interns.
Board of Management teachers, who form a significant portion of the education workforce, typically earn salaries ranging from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 25,000 per month. This wide range is influenced by factors such as experience, academic qualifications, and the specific policies of individual schools.
Despite the critical role BOM teachers play in delivering quality education, concerns have been raised about the adequacy of their compensation.
Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers, on the other hand, receive a fixed monthly salary of Ksh 20,000. This stipend is part of the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) effort to support and encourage individuals entering the teaching profession.
However, recent developments in other sectors, such as the private security industry, have sparked discussions about the relative compensation of teachers. In contrast to the relatively modest salaries of BOM and JSS intern teachers, recent regulatory changes in the private security sector have established a new minimum wage for security guards.
According to the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA), security guards operating within Nairobi are entitled to a basic minimum wage of Sh30,000, with those outside the Nairobi metropolitan area earning Sh27,183. To ensure compliance, the PSRA has given private security firms a seven-day ultimatum to commit to implementing the new minimum wages.
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Failure to comply may result in legal consequences, fines, penalties, and potential license cancellations. This move is part of the government’s broader efforts to regulate and standardize labor practices, recognizing the importance of fair compensation across various sectors.
The PSRA has taken a proactive step by drafting a legal commitment form that requires the directors to sign, pledging to implement the revised minimum wages. Directors must substantiate their commitment by providing evidence, such as a copy of the latest payslip for their security guards.
Failure to comply with these commitments may lead to severe consequences, including fines, penalties, and potential cancellation of operating licenses. The move comes as the government aims to regulate the private security sector, recognizing its crucial role in complementing national security efforts.
However, concerns have been raised about the feasibility of the new pay structure, with fears that it may pose financial challenges for some firms, potentially leading to bankruptcy. Notably, this initiative follows the government’s attempt two years ago to set a minimum wage of Sh16,959 for private security guards in major cities such as Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru.
In line with Ministry of Labour guidelines, security guards in other areas were expected to earn a minimum of Sh9,672 per month. In November of the previous year, security firms in the North Rift region contested the new salary structure announced by PSRA, obtaining a court order to halt the implementation.
However, the association later withdrew the case, allowing the new regulations to proceed.
Under the revised pay structure, security guards will now receive a minimum wage of Sh18,994, in addition to a house allowance of Sh2,849.11 and an overtime allowance of Sh8,156.81, culminating in a total of Sh30,000 per month. Statutory deductions, including the National Social Security Fund, Social Health Insurance Fund, Pay as You Earn, and an affordable housing levy, will be applied.
Any private security company found in violation of the new regulations may face a fine of Sh2 million, reinforcing the government’s commitment to setting standards and ensuring compliance with minimum wage requirements in the private security sector. Directors are urged to submit their legal commitments promptly to avoid potential legal consequences.
The PSRA’s move underscores the government’s dedication to fostering fair labor practices and strengthening the private security industry in Kenya.
In conclusion, the recent developments in the private security sector, mandating a substantial increase in minimum wages for security guards, bring attention to the broader issue of compensation disparities across various professions.
While security guards are poised to earn a basic minimum wage of Sh30,000 in Nairobi and Sh27,183 outside the Nairobi metropolitan area, concerns are raised about the relatively modest earnings of Board of Management (BOM) teachers and Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers.
The wage gap between security guards and educators underscores the need for a comprehensive review of salary structures within the education sector. Board of Management teachers, with salaries ranging from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 25,000, and JSS intern teachers, receiving a fixed monthly stipend of Ksh 20,000, face challenges that merit attention.
As the government takes proactive measures to regulate minimum wages in various sectors, it becomes imperative to reevaluate and address the compensation levels for teachers, acknowledging their vital role in shaping the future of the nation.
This ongoing dialogue about fair wages should serve as an impetus for policymakers to consider the societal impact of compensation policies, ensuring that educators are justly remunerated for their dedication and invaluable contributions to the development of the country.
As Kenya strives for equitable labor practices, it is crucial to foster an environment where all professions, including teaching, receive fair and competitive compensation reflective of their significance in building a prosperous and educated society.
Security Guards Set to Earn More Than BOM and JSS Intern Teachers