Blue-Collar Workers In Kenya To Access Salaries Before Payday Through SeamlessHR

By Soko Directory Team / Published August 9, 2023 | 3:15 pm



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Blue-collar workers in Kenya will now access earned wages before their payday following a new partnership between technology firm SeamlessHR and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Through the partnership, SeamlessHR has introduced a new platform dubbed Barizi that allows employees to access their salaries before payday and manage financial emergencies without paperwork and at a lower cost. Additionally, the platform helps casual workers build their credit history which enables them to access sizeable loans with longer repayment periods.

Giving the keynote address, Mr. Vimal Shah, Chairman of Bidco Africa said, “The reality on the ground is that in Kenya we have a million people earning less than Kshs.30,000 per month. This results in many blue-collar workers having little or no access to credit, even though they are the ones who keep the wheels moving in organizations and factories.”

He recommended organizations automate their HR administrative tasks for better efficiency of systems, “Remove the hassle of manual HR administration and replace it with digital solutions which improve the harmony between employer and employee, hence increasing productivity.”

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In Kenya, blue-collar workers are paid between Sh100 and Sh450 per day for jobs ranging from cleaning, picking and packaging, washing, repairing, and packaging dry cells. Most of these workers are paid at the end of the month and do not enjoy additional benefits from their employers.

“At Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe in financial inclusion for workers in the blue-collar sector. We also aim to break cycles of poverty, especially for those who have to use physical assets when transacting, like cash, which can get lost or stolen,” says Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation representative, Mr Will Kaplan.

“Success for us is if the blue-collar workers can get access to affordable credit to help households to smooth out consumption and become more resilient to economic shocks,” said Mr. Kaplan.

According to KAM representative, Winnie Ngumi, “Out of 18 million workforce in Kenya, informal workers comprise over 80%, while only 2 million make up formal employment. Most blue-collar workers tend to receive fewer benefits from employers and this explains their financial insecurity. They do not have access to emergency funds, and thus tend to turn to loan shacks and predatory mobile lending apps, sinking into a cycle of debts.”

According to the economic survey of 2023, in the 10 years between 2012 and 2022, the number of casual jobs has gone up by 134 percent from 220,700 to 517,000 compared to a 29 percent rise in the number of regular permanent jobs to 2.4 million.

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“The Barizi solution will improve the financial state of well-being of the blue-collar sector. They do not have to worry about emergency money. This will in turn positively impact their drive and motivation and in the end, improve their productivity,” said SeamlessHR CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Emmanuel Okeleji.

The initiative is aimed at improving the overall financial well-being of the blue-collar workers whose needs have been largely overlooked and creating a long-lasting impact on this segment of Africa’s talent.

He added that the platform is built on the latest cloud technology to ensure casual workers get instant financial wellness. The system can automatically calculate how long one has worked and one can access their salary up to the day they have worked.

“It’s not a loan or a credit facility that uses employment as collateral. Barizi will give employees access to the wages they have earned for the days they have worked within the month. In addition, we have also built a comprehensive technology tool to track time and attendance. With the ability to access their hard-earned wages in real time, casual workers can transform their aspirations into realities and enable them to have a better life,” he added.

In the Kenyan market, the platform is backed by PesaLink and Diamond Trust Bank(DTB). The firm has also partnered with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, representing top casual worker employers.

The event, themed “Win-Win: Optimising Blue-Collar Employee Welfare and Productivity“,  took place at the prestigious Capital Club, Nairobi.  It was an exclusive gathering that brought together the top 30 employers of blue-collar workers in Kenya, including prominent manufacturers, with the objective of facilitating discussions and devising impactful strategies to enhance the welfare and productivity of this vital workforce segment.

Read Also: SeamlessHR, Kenya Association Of Manufacturers Collaborate To Drive Employee Productivity




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