House-helps to earn Sh10,954

House-helps salaries Nairobi
The workers are also allowed a mandatory weekly 48-hour break. PHOTO/FILE
The minimum salary for domestic workers in Nairobi has been increased to Sh10,954 in a move that could make house-helps the preserve of a few rich households.

Labour secretary Raychelle Omamo has in a legal notice raised domestic workers’ wages by 12 per cent, effectively raising their monthly income to Sh10,954 from Sh9,781.

The workers are also allowed a mandatory weekly 48-hour break.

Employers who fail to grant the break will be required to pay the house-help a total of Sh527 per day or an additional 4,216 a month.

This means domestic workers who forego the breaks will earn at least Sh15,170 – matching the salary of many low-cadre workers in public and private sector.

The new wages also apply to domestic workers operating in Kisumu and Mombasa while those in other towns will be paid Sh10,107 monthly.

Messengers, day watchmen and cleaners will be paid the same rate as domestic workers.

Employers will also be required to make contributions to the statutory pension (NSSF) scheme and medical cover (NHIF) of Sh200 and Sh400 per month respectively.

Any employer who fails to adhere to the rules risks a three month jail term or a fine of Sh50,000 or both.