Kenyans among most underpaid in Africa

Study shows that three fifths of Kenyan workers feel underpaid as opposed to 53 per cent across Africa

Kenyans are among the most underpaid in Africa, a study has revealed.

Three fifths of Kenyan workers feel underpaid as opposed to 53 per cent for the rest of Africa, according to a new study.

The study indicates that only 40 per cent of Kenyan workers feel they are fairly paid for work compared to 54 per cent globally and 47 per cent in Africa.

The details were released by Global Career Company and Willis Towers Watson in its first pan-African study on employer attractiveness and talent attraction.

“Base pay, the ability to make an impact, learn skills, job security and enjoying a work-life balance are the cornerstones of a meaningful value proposition to attract talent in Kenya,” said Global Career managing director Alex Mugan while releasing the report at the Talent Agenda Series Conference in Nairobi on Wednesday.

With regards to opportunity, 41 per cent of employees feel they have development prospects compared to 48 per cent in Africa and 62 per cent globally.

Likewise, 71 per cent of employees in Kenya rated training and development as very important and most want clearly defined career pathways.

Work-life balance is valued higher in Kenya than in any other African country and ability to make an impact is significantly higher ranked in Africa than in comparative global studies.

A report released by Numbeo this year showed that Libya is the top African country with best paying jobs where a worker earns an average monthly net salary  after tax of $1, 731 (Sh17,000).


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