Salaried Kenyans including those on contract and those on permanent terms rake in an average of Ksh 78,600 before statutory deductions, a report by The Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research (KIPPRA) shows.
The report dubbed Employment Distribution of Graduates Across Economic Sectors in Kenya shows that Kenyans employed on contract earn an average of Ksh73,745 while those on permanent terms take home an average of Ksh86,124.
KIPPRA’s report also which also credits the private sector as being the biggest employer of Kenya’s youth ahead of the public sector, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and self-employment recommends concerted efforts by the government to create an enabling environment for the private sector to continue expanding due to its high absorption rate.
“Majority of those employed in the private sector were Bachelors degree graduates compared to those employed in the public sector who were mainly Masters degree graduates. Most PhD holders were mainly working in NGOs,” reads the report.
The report also reveals gender disaggregation in that female applicants take less time (15 months) to find work compared to their male counterparts (20 months).
According to the report, Kenyans spend an average of 8 hours at work which coincides with official working time in public service in Kenya.
“On average, those on contract spent 7.9 hours per day while those on permanent employment spent 8.8 hours,” reads the report.
What’s more, the KIPPRA report notes the private sector is the biggest employer of Kenyan female workforce (45%) compared to the public sector (35%), NGO’s (13%) and self-employment (8%).
Most male graduates also ply their trade in the private sector (47%) compared to public sector (42%), NGOs (9%) and self-employment (2%).