PROFESSIONALS TO BENEFIT FROM THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS AS ECONOMY BOOMS
The job market in Kenya is set to grow tremendously in the next 5 years, creating numerous job opportunities for professionals and non professionals alike. Companies setting base in Kenya are eyeing the region’s growing middle class of urban consumers and governments that are working to create investor-friendly policies. Kenya’s appeal to multinationals stems mainly from the country’s young and educated population, favourable weather, swift ICT penetration and a steadily growing economy. In addition, Kenya is strategically located for investors who want to reach markets in the East Africa community as well as COMESA. Both COMESA and the EAC have a population of 350 million, creating a viable market for goods and services.
Publishing, media appearances and hosting authoritative blogs are some of the strategies that professionals should consider adopting in a bid to emerge more competitive in the job market.
In light of these developments in the Kenyan job market, it is imperative to create professional application documents – CVs, cover letters and career proposals – that will position you for your dream job. This strategy must cut across all your profiles including those on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Having strong application documents while at the same time having a poor social media presence, will defeat your job search dreams.
Specifically, the main drivers that guarantee a steady growth of the Kenyan job market include:
GOVERNMENT: The promulgation of the new Kenyan constitution in 2010 ushered in a new era of governing differently. Key among these was the creation of 47 counties each with a governor, senator and various county representatives. In addition, the national assembly has 60 new senators and 347 MPs up from the old 222 MPS. All these people will need support staff such as drivers and personal assistants. In addition, the new system of government will require more office buildings and suppliers, creating more jobs. The government has also chartered 15 new universities – all of which will need academic, support and administrative staff.
THE FOREIGN CONNECTION: Companies from Asia and the West are in a fierce competition to set up enterprises in Kenya and reap from the regional economy. In the last three years, several companies – from the East and West – have opened or expanded their operations in Kenya, creating numerous job opportunities.
Asian companies include Chinese construction companies, Huawei, ZTE, Foton Automobiles and the new Samsung Assembly Plant being set up in Kenya. The Japanese conglomerate Toyota Tsusho, has indicated an in building the $1.5 billion (Sh112 billion) oil pipeline from South Sudan to the Kenyan coast, complete with an oil export terminal. In addition, Toyota Tsusho intends to construct a mega geothermal power generation plants as well as an assembly plant for its Toyota brand of vehicles in Kenya. Another Japanese company Honda plans to set up shop in Kenya for motorbike assembly, signaling a steady creation of jobs in the Kenyan economy.
Companies from the West are not being left behind. Computing giant IBM has set up a research centre in Nairobi while Telemac, Research in Motion among others have expressed interest in investing in Konza ICT city. KIVA- one of the global leading micro-finance organizations is also setting up its Africa base in Nairobi. Other western companies include General Electric, Pfizer, Posterscope, Pepsi, and Dow Chemicals.
Nothing boosts Nairobi’s profile as an investment destination like the elevation of the IFC’s office in Nairobi to a regional hub that will serve 26 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
OIL: The discovery of hydrocarbons in the East African region will trigger a greater demand for various categories of workers to engage in the production, refinery and sale of this product.
NEW PROJECTS: In addition to the numerous foreign companies setting base in Kenya, the Kenyan government itself is facilitating in various mega projects that will create numerous jobs. These include the ambitious Machakos based 5 000 acre Konza ICT city, designed to host ICT companies, universities, hospitals and hotels.
The $ 27 billion Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) is a project that encompasses a modern railway, oil pipeline from South Sudan to the Indian Ocean, an oil refinery and a free port, three airports and three resort cities. These projects will directly create jobs as well as create additional indirect jobs in real estate, tourism, food and supply of building materials.
THE SOUTH SUDAN, SOMALIA FACTORS: Relative stability in South Sudan and Somalia have opened up these countries and attracted great interest from humanitarian and investment entities. With the oil in South Sudan flowing once more and peace holding out in Somalia, there are many organizations that will invest in the reconstruction and extractive sectors. The numerous jobs created will benefit Kenyans as the two countries build their own local capacity.
The new jobs to be created
Our assessment is that these changes will create thousands of jobs in numerous fields. These include: Community development practitioners, Development and program specialists, Disaster management specialists, Donor relationship managers, Communication specialists, Business development managers, Tax experts, Marketers, Financial managers, Hotel industry specialists, Administrative staff, Security personnel, Environmentalists, Landscapers, Urban planners, HR specialists, M&E experts, ICT specialists, Legal experts, Accountants, Engineers, Lecturers, Drivers, Architects and Teachers
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