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Kenya: Demand for Big Salaries Locks Out Job Seekers

by biasharadigest

Many university graduates price themselves out of the job market by making demands that exceed what employers are willing to part with, a study to be released today reveals.

In a country with a high youth unemployment, lack of experience works against fresh graduates.

Some 84.8 percent of employers sampled prefer hiring people they will not spend much on training.

Paradoxically, students who acquire experience before graduating tend to have a higher premium to companies, making them less affordable.

“Graduates who are more affordable have [a] higher employability rate compared to those who are too expensive to recruit on the account of higher wage demands, high costs of on-job-training, poor perception of courses and low university rankings,” the report by CPS International says.

While many take internship with companies and government agencies hoping to increase their chances of securing jobs, the study shows that only 26.1 per cent of employers look for such graduates.

Top on the list of employers’ expectations alongside work experience are skills, hobbies and talents.

Some 54.3 percent of employers also said the reputation and ranking of the university applicants attended has an effect on hiring.

While that might appear an added advantage, perception and prestige attached to some universities and courses make some graduates demand high salaries, making them unattractive to employers.

Some 87.4 per cent of students surveyed said employers should consider the relevance of the course to the nature of work sought.