The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is a crucial social welfare scheme that seeks to provide financial security to employees in Kenya.
As an employee, it’s essential to know your NSSF status, which will determine your eligibility for benefits such as retirement and disability benefits.
Traditionally, checking NSSF status was a tedious process that involved visiting the NSSF offices or using the online portal.
However, with the advent of technology, employees can now check their NSSF status via SMS.
In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step how to check your NSSF status via SMS, making the process quicker and more convenient.
How does NSSF work?
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is a mandatory social security scheme in Kenya that provides social protection to employees in the formal sector.
The scheme is governed by the National Social Security Fund Act of 2013, which requires all employers with more than five employees to register with NSSF and contribute a percentage of their employees’ salaries to the fund.
NSSF operates on a defined contribution basis, meaning that both the employer and the employee make contributions to the fund, which are then invested to earn returns.
The employer is required to deduct 6% of the employee’s gross salary and add a further 6% as their contribution to the fund.
The employee’s contribution is deducted from their gross salary before tax, and is therefore a tax-deductible expense.
The NSSF Kenya fund is managed by a board of trustees appointed by the government, and is responsible for investing the contributions received from both employers and employees.
The board is also responsible for administering benefits to members who meet the qualifying conditions.
How to check NSSF status via SMS
- Send the word NSSF to 6773 and follow the instructions as directed.
- Type NSSF, NSSF number, date of birth, full names and send the details to 6773. Ensure you leave space after typing each detail.
- You will receive a PIN which will be sent as an SMS. The PIN will be sent after they validate data.
- Type Bal, your new PIN then send to 6773.
- View your statement balance that will be sent via SMS.
What is NSSF and why is it important?
NSSF stands for the National Social Security Fund, a government agency in charge of providing social security benefits to eligible employees in Kenya.
It is important because it helps ensure financial security for workers during retirement or in case of disability, death, or loss of employment.
How can I check my NSSF status via SMS?
To check your NSSF status via SMS, you need to have registered for self-service via *303# on your Safaricom line.
Once registered, you can send an SMS with the word “NSSF” followed by your National ID number to 6773. You will receive a response with your NSSF status.
What information will I get when I check my NSSF status via SMS?
When you check your NSSF status via SMS, you will receive information on your NSSF account balance, the last contribution received, and the date of the last contribution.
Can I check someone else’s NSSF status via SMS?
No, you cannot check someone else’s NSSF status via SMS. The self-service option is only available for individual members who have registered for the service.
What should I do if I have not received a response to my NSSF status check via SMS?
If you have not received a response to your NSSF status check via SMS, you can contact NSSF customer care on 0800220100 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Make sure to have your NSSF number and National ID number ready for verification.