According to the figures from the Statistical Service of Ghana in their Integrated Business Establishment Survey Report 2016, Ghana’s unemployment rate stands at 4.7 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.5 million. Even though accurate statistics are hard to come by on job posted within a given year, the increasing preference of online job portals for advertising jobs by businesses and individual makes it easy to gain some meaningful data to work with. Many companies are increasingly finding it convenient putting up their vacancies online because it is convenient, cheaper and reaches a larger audience. We can then conveniently rely on these job listings to capture a bulk amount of the total jobs available in the country. Online jobs website give the advantage of crunching data and drawing trends based on different metrics and dimensions. For example, job postings can easily be analysed based on regional distribution, skillset requirement, industries, salary ranges etc. By presenting this data in a structured manner, employers will be able to see trends in the Job market in Ghana, and make applicant prospecting and job placement more data informed. This means less time prospecting for the right candidate, and more value for money when paying for placement services as listings are optimised with the right targeting. In the long run, it helps employers tap into higher quality job applicants.
Using data from Jobberman Ghana website, which contains the largest listings of jobs in Ghana, we are able to come out with some interesting trends of significance for both Job seekers and employers.
Regional Distribution of Jobs
A total of 20,022 jobs were listed in the first half of 2016. Greater Accra alone accounted for 48% of Jobs. This comes as no surprise as Greater Accra by it’s very positioning as the capital city, attracts the top of businesses and will naturally act as a nucleus attracting top skillset. Ashanti Region came in second, accounting for 10% of listed jobs. The two upper regions (Upper East & West) accounted for just 6% of jobs. The low job creation could account for the high labour migration of the two regions.
Of the over 20,022 jobs posted, 40% of those jobs had a minimum qualification requirement for a degree. The next sought after qualification was a Diploma, accounting for 38%, then Master Degree and PHD degree, both at 11%.
Experience Requirements of Posted Jobs
37% of jobs required entry-level experience (0-1 years). This offers an opportunity for fresh graduates to land their first job. 30% of jobs required a job experience of 1-3 years and 14% require an experience of 3-5 years. With the high level of graduate unemployment, Jobberman platform is the best place to apply for jobs.
Salary Range of Posted Jobs
Considering that 37% of jobs require entry level experience, the salary range is also expected to follow a similar trend. 70% of jobs offer a base salary of GHC500, and 24% offer a salary of GHC500 – GHC1000. However, there is a big jump, where 25% of all posted jobs are offering a salary between GHC3k-4k. Employers are willing to pay top cedi for good talent, and if you’re a job seeker confident in your ability and skillset, and with the right experience, Jobberman Platform could be a goldmine for you.
Regional Distribution of Online Job Seekers
About 37,450 online job seekers registered on Jobberman website within the period under review. As expected, Greater Accra Region has the lion share of this number, accounting for 65% of the total number. This is followed by Ashanti Region, with just 12%. This huge gap is attributed to the large exodus of job seekers to the capital city in search of greener pastures. Another reason could be attributed to internet penetration and opportunity to access online resources. Upper East and West Regions account for just 2%.
These statistics are extracted from the yet to be released “Employment Survey of Ghana 2016” e-Book compiled by Jobberman Ghana, using data crunched from the website. The book is a complete guide for both job seekers and employers as it offers actionable advice on which jobs are in most demand based on trends, which regions have the highest number of particular skillset, the salary range of certain skillset, etc. The ebook will soon be launched, so be on the look and grab a copy when it is launched.