By O’Brien Kimani
The government has rolled out an ambitious 22 billion shillings program dubbed Ajira digital that will create a pool of online professional supplying labor to online job suppliers.
Speaking to Channel One Newshour, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the government will roll out free Wi-Fi hotspots in all constituencies to enable Kenyans tap this opportunity.
The global online employment industry is estimated to generate about half a trillion shillings.
In a country where job-seekers outpace the job market, innovation is becoming the key word.
Every year more than a million Kenyans join the job market with a fraction of them securing formal employment.
This has led to a sharp spike in unemployment figures with close to 25 percent of the Kenyan youths hunting for jobs.
To address this, the government is banking on technology.
Through the Ajira Program the youth would be trained on searching jobs online and application of their knowledge through the internet.
This is expected to be backed by constituency innovation hubs based at the CDF offices.
The hubs will have 24-hour free Internet access which will allow people to register, download and upload their work.
The youth will earn about 2,200 shillings for every job they do and pay tax at the rate of 5 percent. In Africa, Kenya leads in supply of online jobs, with close to half a million internet workers.
The United States is the biggest source for online jobs followed by Australia.
In terms of workforce supply, the US and India are the biggest markets.
To tap the ever growing outsourcing business, Mucheru says the government has accelerated the construction of the Konza Technology City, a technology hub to bolster the industry.