Uganda’s unemployment nurtures bad choices

The  2014 Uganda  Population Census revealed the country’s total population stands at 34.9 million. But we all know the anomalies that were associated with the 2014 Census processes! According to the CIA World Factbook, Uganda’s demographic is profiled at 38.3 million people as of 2016. Which one of the two reports is to be believed is a discussion for another day, SOLOMON MWIJE writes Both reports indicate that according to the country’s age structure, the biggest percentage is between 15 and 40 years old. This is an indicator of high…

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 The Insight: Get the extra edge in the employment market

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA A few weeks ago the UCU career development office conducted yet another finalists’ Careers Week. The theme was: “Beyond the transcript”. Skilled and experienced facilitators from within and outside UCU spoke to the students on various topics. I was honoured to be part of this purposefully selected team. Indeed, the world continues to change and so are the required skills for ideal professionals. This trend is influenced by globalization. Therefore, anyone searching for a job placement needs to conform to international standards. This global perspective is…

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An economist’s take on graduate unemployment in Uganda

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA And ISAAC MUSINGUZI The liberalization of higher education in Uganda was the beginning of change in the sector. Many higher education institutions have been opened, contributing to the increase in the number of graduates in the job market. Despite the impressive numbers of graduands, the issue of employment has attracted considerable interest in the recent past. For instance, it is estimated that Uganda’s general youth unemployment rate stands at 32.2 percent, while that for degree holders is 36 percent, and rising. Statistics from the Labour Department in…

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