Elections are two weeks away and with it comes the job creation promises from all political leaders.
So the real question is…where are the job creations?
According the latest BrighterMonday DF Job Market Report for June 2017, the 4 top job categories that grew in job creation and salaries are administration & office support, retail, research & quality control and legal.
Jobs in administration & office support have created 317 jobs in May 2017 and 91 in June 2017, on the marketplace. Looking at salaries for this job category there was a 101.99% jump in the last 6 months bringing the median salary to Ksh 65,329. This should be good news for those who have studied administration. The increase in median salary for a particular job category can be explained by higher wages and/or the creation of more qualified jobs.
Despite the turmoil the retail sector is going through, it too saw a 66.67% surge in median salaries which was Ksh 37,500, recruiting more skilled workers at junior level and less entry level.
Legal jobs also experienced a growth in both salaries and job creation with the median salary currently standing at Ksh 118,362, mostly due to more recruitment at senior level.
If the Government seeks to set policies enabling job creation in the country, it should align in permanence the needs of employers and skills of the workforce (e.g. through the Education system).
A data-driven Government using updated job market data to channel youths where the job offer is, that a promise political leaders can fulfill.
The study has been realized by Data Fintech, a Kenyan consumer data broker, based on data collected on BrighterMonday Kenya, the first online job marketplace in Kenya.