KCB Bank Salary For Permanent Clerks, Those Working On Contract

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A newsletter authored by a local law firm has shown how much permanent clerks and those working on contract basis earn at Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

KCB bank is a financial institution under KCB Group Limited which has subsidiaries in Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Tanzania.

Well, incase you might be wondering how much KCB Bank clerks make per month, here is what WoK has gathered on the same.

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Monthly income and perks

According to a newsletter by James Njeri and Co. Advocates, permanent clerks earn Ksh 67,157 per month while those on contract basis earn Ksh 32,481.

Those employed permanently enjoy salary increment while their colleagues working on contract don’t qualify for salary increment.

At the same time, permanent clerks enjoy an hourly rate of Ksh 614 per hour or a double rate of Ksh 820 while the contract team get an hourly rate of Ksh 274 per hour or a double rate of Ksh 366.

Further, permanent clerks are granted 28 leave days with an allowance of Ksh 10,500, however, those working on contract basis are granted 24 leave days with no allowance.

Medical insurance is provided for both sets of employees although permanent employees receive almost double of what is offered to those working on contract basis.

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Push for equal treatment

In 2021, the employees on contract basis moved to court demanding equal treatment like their colleagues who are employed permanently.

The 29 employees wondered why they were treated differently despite having the same job description and they undertook the same tasks as their permanent colleagues.

They pointed out among other issues being required to work from the office during the COVID-19 period while permanent clerks were given the option to work from home.

This is even as the bank argued that these employees were required to do so as stipulated in the contract between themselves and the bank.

Happy ending

The court agreed with the 29 employees and awarded them Ksh 2 million each for discrimination at their work station.

The court noted that failure to equally treat all clerks was direct discrimination, adding that no reasonable distinction was found between the two sets.

Justice Monicaj Mburu noted that the same amounted to obtaining labour through fraud if an employer offers an employee a fixed contract job while holding back an agreement with others.

“Where the employer then proceeds to issue a fixed term contract and blindsides the employee on the terms and conditions negotiated under a CBA for the cadre of the employee and despite any consent given by the employee placed under such circumstances, such is direct fraud

“It is misrepresentation of facts of the existence of the CBA regulating employment and this being contrary to the law regulating basic terms and conditions of employment,” Mburu said.

The 29 employees were employed between 2013 and 2016 to work in its customer experience department.

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