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49% Ugandans in informal sector earn less than sh168,000 monthly

According to the most recent National Labour Force Survey published by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 49% of Ugandans employed in the informal sector make less than Sh168,000 per month.

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Informal employment is defined as working arrangements where those employed are not guaranteed social protection under the law or in practise.

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That is to say, they are not eligible for paid annual or sick leave and are not required to make a contribution to the National Social Security Fund.

92% of Ugandans who are employed, according to the report, work in informal jobs, including agriculture.

According to the survey, the majority of male workers who engage in informal employment are male and have only completed their primary education.

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According to the report, 8 out of 10 people who work in informal settings have oral or verbal agreements.

However, the services sector accounted for 47% of those working informally, followed by agriculture (39%).

The report also further indicated that 41% of youth are unemployed in Uganda.

Youth unemployment among the illiterate, on the other hand, is less as compared to educated youth because the illiterate youth are willing to do all sorts of work, whereas the educated ones look for jobs in their respective fields only.

The unemployment rate in Uganda has increased to 2.10%. If many youths were not to shun menial jobs, these jobs would provide a solution for not just the community but the unemployed youth.

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With youth unemployment in Uganda standing at a level between 64% and 70% in Uganda, the youth must also acquire skills in order to earn a decent salary while bridging the gap in the skilled labor force market.

The youth must not only look at white collar jobs, but should start creating jobs for themselves.

If that youth is a teacher, he or she should start a school, for instance. This will not only create more jobs but will also utilise the skills of those whose parents invested a lot in educating them.

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