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Jobs Requiring Only KCSE Certificates: Survey

Some recruiters favor candidates who only hold a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certification, according to a survey by the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) in November 2023.

The Skills Needs Survey Report 2023 reveals a preference for individuals without an undergraduate degree in the public safety, corrections, and security sectors among Kenyans.

KCSE certificate holders ranked highest for employment in the arts and recreation services.

According to FKE, secondary school graduates constitute the most significant labor force despite earning the lowest average salary in Kenya.

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As an illustration, the security sector constitutes a considerable employer base, encompassing more than 1,800 establishments dispersed nationwide.

As of July 2022, the Private Security Regulatory Authority reported that security officers had surpassed 700,000.

The quantity of security officers in the country is two times that of certified primary and secondary school educators.

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Although the government mandates that security officers earn a minimum of Ksh27,000 monthly, most earn less than Ksh15,000.

According to FKE, individuals holding a certificate or diploma have a higher likelihood of securing employment in the transportation, distribution, and logistics sectors. Moreover, employers actively seek them in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as in social service and community development.

The report further states that information technology, finance and business management, and legal professions have the highest demand for workers with an undergraduate degree or less.

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Masters degree holders in Kenya are more likely to secure employment in the legal field. In contrast, doctorate-bearers are predominantly hired as lecturers in institutes of education and training, per FKE.

“Enterprises are mainly in need of competence in information technology; finance and business management; engineering; transportation, distribution, and logistics; and legal,” according to the survey.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’ (KNBS) findings from the 2019 census, only 3.5 percent of the population had tertiary education, or a university degree.

Approximately 24.5 percent of Kenya’s 55 million inhabitants have completed primary school, and the same proportion have advanced to secondary school.

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Jobs Requiring Only KCSE Certificates: Survey

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