At least 1.2 million Kenyans earn their income through online platforms, the latest government report revealed.
The report released on Monday, September 20 by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) indicated that five percent of the adult population in Kenya have found jobs on digital platforms.
“Our June 2021 national study on digital and digital work and awareness of the Ajira digital program in Kenya found that 5% of the adult population in Kenya are digital workers, which translates to 1.2 million Kenyans. "
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The report indicated an upsurge in a number of services offered online, led by digital marketing, which has 282,041 online workers, representing 22%.
Data entry and article writing followed at 21 percent and 20 percent respectively.
“Kenyans offer different services on online forums. Digital sports betting platforms, virtual assistants, surveys, among others, have registered an increase, ”the report reads in part.
According to the report, the increase in the number of online workers is due to the greater number of people working part-time on digital websites with academic writing listed among the main sectors offering jobs for young people.
What currently inhibits and inspires Kenyans to pursue digital work is the possibility of working part time, ”he said.
Lack of online skills and internet connectivity were identified by the report as huge barriers for online workers.
“Lack of skills, lack of access to Wi-Fi and high internet costs are the main challenges,” he said.
The latest developments come five years after the government launched the Ajira digital program through the Ministry of ICT.
The program aims to bridge the gap between the demand for skilled labor and the lack of employment opportunities.
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