Female employees dominate counties’ workforce – report

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On Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 17:13 | < 1 min read
Female employees dominate counties' workforce - report
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Counties' workforce which commands a working population of 184,826 employees, is dominated by women.

This is according to a recent report by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission(NCIC) dubbed Ethnic and Diversity Audit of the County Public Service 2023.

The report shows labour force participation rate for women in the 47 counties in Kenya is 53 per cent compared to 47 per cent for men. 

Female employees sum up to 98,001 while male counterparts are 85,644.

Of the total counties' workforce, Nairobi County has the highest number of employees followed by Kakamega, Bungoma, Kisii, Machakos and Nakuru.

Lamu, Samburu, Isiolo and Garissa counties have the least number of employees.

"Counties command a large workforce of 184,826, of which 53% (98,001) are female while 47%
(85,644) are male. Nairobi is the biggest employer with a workforce of 13,513, followed by
Kakamega (7,087), Bungoma (6,477), Kisii (5,965), Machakos (5,777) and Nakuru (5,681) in
that order," Part of the report reads.

However, according to the report, three counties - Kiambu, Mandera and Wajir - have not adhered to the two-thirds rule.

"Wajir at 32.2% (Women), Kiambu at 30.9% (Men) and Mandera at 23.2% (Women), which, in the
latter's case, translates to only 796 women out of its entire workforce of 3,425 employees.
Once again, this calls for targeted strategies in the aforementioned counties to realize the
required threshold," part of the report reads.

Notably, the report indicates disability inclusion in Counties' workforce is deficient as none of the 47 counties has attained the 5% minimum threshold.

"Counties have managed to bring on board only 1.13% (2,087) employees with disability."

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