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30% of Kenyan Workforce Lacks Skills

30% of Kenyan Workforce Lacks Skills30% of Kenyan Workforce Lacks Skills

The World Economic Forum says 30% of the Kenyan workforce lacks adequate skills which is affecting productivity in the country, KBC reported. The WEF said that the situation in Kenya is however far much better than in neighboring countries like Tanzania where more than 4 out of 10 workers are unskilled. The report says to deal with the challenge, Kenyan companies should employ automation to increase efficiency and productivity. Unemployment in Kenya remains a thorny issue with close to 40% of those eligible for employment being jobless. The situation is aggravated by the fact that more than 500,000 Kenyans are joining the labor market every year, with the economy creating less than 200,000 formal jobs every year. Last year the Kenyan economy created 800,000 jobs while the economy expanded by around 4.8%. There is also another challenge facing the Kenyan labor market, lack and mismatch of skills. This shows that employers in most African markets are grappling with employees who suffer from limited skills. This makes 41% of all employers in Tanzania, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa, and 6% in Nigeria unskilled.

 

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