July 17, 2024

Unemployment reality as over 50,000 people apply for clerk assistant jobs at JSC

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JSC (Judiciary Service Commission) advertised 560 job slots paint the dark reality of unemployment in Kenya.

According to JSC, at least 57,245 people applied for the 500 clerk assistant jobs advertised by the Judiciary last year.

On October 8, 2021, the Judiciary Service Commission advertised 500 court assistants, 30 drivers, one senior public affairs and corporate communications officer, two senior clerks, ten charge hands, one senior civil engineer, one senior electrical engineer, one senior draughtsman, and four superintendents of works for the 560 positions.

Chief Justice Martha Koome stated on Thursday that court assistant jobs, which received 57,245 applications, and driver employment, which received 4874 applications, drew the most applicants.

She added 1,377 people applied for the charge hand position and 302 people sought for the senior draughtsman position.

CJ Koome added that the post of risk management officer attracted at least 909 applicants and some 607 people applied for the superintendent of works slots. 512 people applied for law clerk jobs.

The post of senior public affairs and corporate communications officer attracted 360 applicants, senior quantity surveyor had 162, senior civil engineer (106), senior law clerk (87), and senior architect (67).

According to Koome, the shortlisting for the positions had been completed.

“JSC would like to assure the public and specifically the applicants that the recruitment and selection process for the advertised positions is being undertaken in an open, fair, and transparent manner that ensures equal employment opportunity for all Kenyans,” said CJ Koome.

For 57,245 people to apply for the 500 clerk assistant jobs at JSC paints a grim picture of unemployment in Kenya.

According to KNBS statistics, the unemployment rate in Kenya increased to 6.6 percent in the first quarter of 2021, against 5.4 percent in the previous quarter. 

It was also higher than in Q1 2020 when 5.2 percent of the population aged 15-64 years were unemployed.

Kenya has been struggling with high unemployment rates; and considering the Covid 19 economic implications, the unemployment rate might be higher than government figures.

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