Employment Benefits in Kenya

When choosing a new job, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. For some, these may include a shorter commute, while for others, the benefits that a company provides may play a bigger role.

The labor laws in Kenya have been beneficial for many employees who work there. In this article, we explore the different employment benefits for each workplace to provide:

Minimum Wage

In Kenya, the minimum wage per month is different for each industry, along with the geographical location. The minimum wage of an employee can be anywhere between 13,572 KES for a cleaner or gardener or up to 30,627.45 KES for someone working as a cashier or full-time driver for industrial purposes.

According to Kenyan law, for casual employees, all wages need to be paid at the end of a working day. For employees that have an indefinite term employment contract, the wages have to be paid every month, at the end of the month, depending on the last working day.

Working Hours

The working hours in Kenya are 52 hours per week for daytime employees. However, employees who work at night need to fulfill 60 hours per week.

It must be kept in mind that regardless of the work, no daytime worker should work for more than 116 hours over a period of two weeks. Similarly, no night-time employee should work for more than 144 hours every two weeks.

In the case of overtime work, employers must pay their employees 150 percent of their regular day’s pay.


Each employee in Kenya can take a minimum of 21 days off from work. These count as annual leave days and are paid, according to the law.

However, the leave can only be used if the employee has completed 12 months of work within the same company.

There are a total of 13 public holidays in Kenya per year. In case this holiday falls on a Sunday, an employee is allowed to take a day off from work the following Monday.

Sick Days

Each time an employee completes a year of work in the same company, they are entitled to receive 14 days of sick leave. While 100 percent of the regular pay rate is provided for the first seven days of sick leave taken by an employee, the remaining days are paid at 50 percent.

However, to take advantage of these benefits, the employee must have completed two months at their workplace. Moreover, a medical certificate needs to be provided before they can utilize their sick leave.

Maternity Leave

In Kenya, women are allowed to take up to 91 days off for maternity leave which is fully paid by the workplace.

The only thing that the law requires is that the woman give a seven-day notice before taking off from work so that her employer can make the necessary adjustments. Moreover, the woman has to produce a medical certificate.

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