Business & Engineering grads most sought after: Govt report

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Business administration degrees and engineering were the most sought after training qualifications by employers in the 1st quarter in Kenya. Government report showing the number and type of jobs advertised reveals.

People with business administration degrees were the most sought after, a total of 634 jobs required the training and a total of 388 engineers were required in which 146 mechanical engineers were needed.

The humanities disciplines followed at a distant 124 jobs. The social sciences category which includes economics, sociology, community development, history among others attracted 89 job adverts with education degrees getting 93 job adverts in the first quarter of this year.

Certificate holders

The bulk of the jobs however went to certificate holders with a total of 1117 jobs seeking certificate holders or demanding certificates as bare minimum. A total of 3235 jobs were up for grabs in the first quarter of the year as shown by the quarterly government report.

Journalism and information jobs were 64 in total in the first three months of the year according to government data. In the legal profession 157 jobs were listed and captured by the government. It is however important to note that the government may not have the most accurate data given that not all new hires are reported to the state or advertised.

Physical sciences such as physics and chemistry attracted 33 job offers in the market while mathematics and statistics getting 20 with computing getting 126 offers. Life sciences such as biology and botany attracted 12 job positions or adverts. About 44 adverts architects jobs were up on the jobs board.


The actual vacancies looked for more post-secondary teaching professionals with computer related jobs also featuring prominently in the professional’s category according to the quarterly government report published by the ministry of Labour.

University and post-secondary teachers and lecturers job adverts were recorded at 274 in the first quarter of the year 2017 showing that universities and colleges are seeking more tutors to match the demand of student enrollment.

Accountants and tax assessors and auditors were second on the professional’s category list with 78 jobs advertised in the same period.

Demand for Jurists and judges was third highest on the list as the judiciary and related employers seek to beef up capacity to handle demand around the country. The number of jobs advertised were 50 in this category.

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The ministry also showed that a total of 36 computing jobs were listed at the same period putting the ICT sector second on the most sought after skills in the Kenyan economy as companies and the private sector continue to adopt ICT infrastructure to improve efficiencies in the systems.

The other categories advertised were administrators and legislators and managers, technicians and associate professionals, secretaries clerks and messengers, plant and machine operators, craft and related trade workers, service workers and shop attendants. The security sector also showed impressive performance taking in 344 jobs in the three months highlighting the rising opportunities in the industry especially for businessmen.


About 233 jobs needed doctorates while 256 of them required a master’s degree with over 800 jobs adverts asking for a bachelor’s degree. Most of the jobs required a certificate.

Most of the jobs(1550) were based in Nairobi county followed by Kakamega and Kisumu counties. It must however be noted that the jobs demand by skills pattern is not a trend and hence cannot be used to make longterm decisions. You need data for several years to make career choice or investment decisions.

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The portal was launched in July this year to show the supply and demand for skills and address the challenge of skills mismatch in the country. The move is helped to address the high unemployment rates in the country which the government has been hard pressed to address. Close to a million youths leave the institutions of higher learning annually seeking jobs.

According to EAC, Labor and Social Protection, the key constraint confronting the employment process is the mismatch between available skills and job vacancies which is partly attributable to lack of reliable and up to date labor market information.

A link to the report is available here.

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