KNBS to embark on informal sector skills survey

Written By: Caroline Njenga
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The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will next week embark on a countrywide informal sector skills and occupational survey.

Data gathered from the survey is expected to inform policies aimed at increasing employment and earning opportunities for targeted clusters of youth.

According to the 2018 Economic Survey, about 897,000 new jobs were created in 2017 compared to 832,900 new jobs created in 2016 representing a 7.6 per cent increase.

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The informal sector accounted for the lion’s share of the new jobs at 747,000, a marginal decline from 747,300 new informal sector jobs posted in 2016.

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The government is targeting the informal sector to address unemployment challenges facing the country especially among the youth who account for 70 per cent of the population.

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To this end, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection in partnership with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will next week kick off an informal sector skills and occupational survey with the aim of using the data gathered to increase employment and earning opportunities for targeted clusters of youth.

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Speaking in Busia during at a stakeholders meeting, Deputy Director  in the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection Francis Mitiambo said the project aims at identifying skills and occupational prevalent in the informal sector.

The World bank has availed 150 million shillings to finance the survey.

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