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60% Ugandans Get Jobs through Friends and Relatives, 67% Working on Oral Agreements- UBOS Survey Report

According to a recent survey conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), 60% of working Ugandans obtain their employment through friends and family connections (relatives).

60% Ugandans Get Jobs through Friends and Relatives, 67% Working on Oral Agreements- UBOS Survey Report

According to a recent survey conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), 60% of working Ugandans obtain their employment through friends and family connections (relatives).

On November 16, 2022, the Serena Hotel in Kampala hosted the release of the National Labour Force Survey 2021 Report, which was conducted between June and December 2021.

In the study, “persons in employment” are defined as all people of working age who, within one week of the interview date, engaged in any activity to create goods or provide services for use by others in exchange for compensation or profit.

The National Labour Force Survey 2021 was introduced on Wednesday at the Kampala Serena hotel.

Michael Sijje Ogen, a Principal Statistician at UBOS, stated that 23 million (or 55%) of Uganda’s population are of working age (14-64 Years), according to the findings.

Of these, 20 million (87%) of the population of working age were employed, with 40% engaged in subsistence farming and 43% in other occupations.

According to the research, 24.8% of the working population works in the services sector, 13.4% is employed in industry, and 61.4% is employed in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors.

“Across the country, 67% of workers use oral agreements. According to Ogen, 60% of people who are employed obtained their position through friends or family.

Job-search techniques

60% of Uganda’s working population, according to the research, obtains employment through friends or family.

Only 19% of people are employed directly by a company; 16% find jobs through newspaper or job advertisements; 2% do so through local recruiters, intermediaries, or brokers; and the other 3% come from other sources.

Agreement type  

On a national basis, just 33% of Ugandans in employment sign formal or written agreements; 67% work under oral agreements.

53% of agreements in the services industry are verbal, while 47% are written.

Oral agreements make up 83% and formal agreements only 17% of production.

A staggering 96% of agreements in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries are verbal, with only 4% ever signing written contracts.

According to the report, the labor force participation rate is up from 43% in 2019/2020 to 48% (58% men and 39% women).

‘Nationally representative survey’

Vincent Fred Senono, the Principal Statistician and Head of Analysis at UBOS, co-presented the study and stated that the Bureau conducts Labour Force Surveys to produce reliable and authoritative Labor market data.

“The first and second stand-alone National Labor Force Surveys (NLFSs) were carried out in 2011–12 and 2016–17, respectively. The third in a sequence is the NLFS 2021, he stated.

He noted that this “nationally representative survey” covered all 146 districts, including cities, as of July 2020. “The main objective of these surveys is to provide current information for use in the generation of Labour Market indicators to facilitate policy formulation and decision-making across all age groups,” he added.

In the future, the bureau will, in Senono’s words, upload the NLFS 2021 report and dataset to the UBOS website, conduct sub-regional dissemination, draft popular versions, and create modular reports on topics like gender and the labor market, youth unemployment, child labor, unpaid work, sub-regional labor market profiles, and policy briefs.

According to Godfrey Nabongo, the interim executive director of UBOS, everyone uses statistics on a regular basis.

He asserted that the survey collects information on labor force dynamics, offers accurate data on labor force productivity, and helps the government create policies to reduce unemployment and retrain the entire labor force.

“Leaving no one behind is our guiding concept. By using evidence-based data, we intend to help local governments plan by disseminating this survey to the regional level.

Godfrey Nabongo, acting executive director of UBOS,

Hon. Dominick Gidudu Mafabi, the Minister of State for the Elderly, declared during the report’s launch that it will make the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development’s job easier.

It offers helpful details regarding what transpires at businesses and suggestions for improvement. As Betty Amongi, the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, was represented by Mafabi, she added, “We should help further in deconstructing these facts for planning.”

He claims that the Parish Development model was implemented too soon because the majority of the elderly are still unaccounted for.

The Honorable Dominick Gidudu Mafabi, Minister of State for the Elderly

“According to UBOS Statistics, there are 1.6 million elders, but elders believe there are 2.2 million, thus the statistic needs to be double checked.”

He emphasized once more how the survey offers high-quality data that lowers unemployment by educating unskilled labor.

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