Living wage benchmark for rural Kenya released

Living wage benchmark for rural Kenya released

The Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) has released a new living wage benchmark report for the rural Mount Kenya region.

The estimate of a living wage for rural Mount Kenya for June 2015 is KSh11,937 ($124) per month before consideration of taxes and other mandatory deductions; and KSh12,969 ($135) after consideration of taxes and mandatory (NSSF, NHIF, and PAYE) to get gross pay needed by workers to be able to live at a decent standard of living.

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The need for the current report for rural Mount Kenya became apparent after our 2014 living wage estimate and report for the Lake Naivasha area was completed and it was found that flower farm workers in the Lake Naivasha area lived in urban areas near to flower farms and not in rural areas as had been expected.

The study is based upon a new methodology developed by Anker and Anker (2016) that builds and improves on their earlier work on living wages published by the ILO. The Anker methodology has gained widespread acceptance among diverse stakeholders globally and has been used to estimate living wages in ten countries for a multi-national corporation, as well as in rural, urban, and non-metropolitan urban areas in 25 locations spread across 17 countries.

The SAN/Rainforest Alliance system is a member of the GLWC alongside Fairtrade InternationalForest Stewardship Council (FSC)GoodweaveUTZ , Social Accountability International (SAI) and the ISEAL Alliance.

Follow the links below for more information:

— More information on the Global Living Wage Coalition

— Read the full benchmark study in our library

— Sign up for regular updates from the Global Living Wage Coalition

Also: Click this infographic for all the report details

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