This was blamed for the 27 per cent employee engagement index meaning that though employed, the lot are not absorbed by or enthusiastic about their work.

Tifa chief executive Maggie Ireri noted that the challenge with the Kenyan job seekers is that they are highly educated but not multi-skilled.

“It is becoming critical for Kenyan job seekers to become trained and competent in multiple skill-sets which may or may not be part of their actual job description,” she said.

The online survey conducted in September sampled 1,078 respondents that fall within the 18 to 34 years age bracket.

Mr Mutuma said end of political campaigns has signified a more stable environment in the job market as evidenced by a 52 per cent increase in job postings in November.

The country’s unemployment crisis has been worsened in the year by layoffs in the banking, manufacturing, insurance, IT and media industries.


Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) noted that several factors ganged up to make it very hard for companies to retain the people they have or even review their terms.

Interestingly, the survey revealed that less than 50 per cent of the respondents have received a pay rise in the last one year.

Salary reviews are used by employers to enable employees adjust to the cost of living and which in Kenya are usually linked to inflation.

Although the 12-month average inflation in the country currently stands at 8.04 per cent, the salary increase for a majority of those employed is below five per cent. Less than a third of the respondents received a pay rise between 6-10 per cent.

The poll established that the last one year has been challenging for job seekers with a large proportion of qualified Kenyans having actively been seeking for jobs.

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