Survey reveals professionals most sought by employers

Sales and Marketing, ICT, Accounting, and Administration are the most sought after professionals by employers this year, a new survey has revealed.

The Corporate Staffing Services Job Outlook Survey 2017, which was released on Monday, indicates that these are the jobs majority of the employers are looking for as they seek to grow their revenue and market presence.

The survey also noted that most employers are grappling with a high turnover and lack of skilled employees in critical income generating positions.

Most of the employers surveyed indicated that they will not be increasing staff compensation because they believe they are paying market rates.

“Instead, they will eliminate some benefits and maintain their current compensation cost while offering lower entry salary for new staff in the course of the year,” said Perminus Wainaina, CEO Corporate Staffing Services — a human resource consultancy firm — in a statement.

This being an election year, the survey also established that most employers (52.2 per cent) believe the current political climate is their biggest challenge.

The prevailing political uncertainty calls for risk management, hence most organisations, especially in the private sector are not expanding into new markets.

“Another 43 per cent of those surveyed mentioned low economic growth as the second biggest challenge, which is brought about by low demand for goods and services, high inflation rates and drought,” says the report.

The Job Outlook Survey 2017: trends, challenges and future outlook, was released at a Nairobi Hotel.

In attendance were officers from Corporate Staffing Services, and Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM).

The survey, examined the top trends impacting today’s workforce and how organisations will be responding in the remainder of the year.

Some of the challenges employers face while recruiting staff include too many applicants tendering their applications (67 per cent), followed by poor quality of candidates (56 per cent), and withdrawal from accepted job offers (40 per cent).

The report recommends to the public and private organisations to focus on offering job security, retaining top talent, cultivating transparency and ensuring employees feel like partners in their places of work.

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