They may not offer her job after being used, says Unemployed youth

Job seekers looking at adverts on public boards in Juba (Photo by Kitab A Unango):

By Kitab A Unango

Despite South Sudan’s Labour Law prohibiting any form of discrimination against people seeking for job opportunities, many young men and women seeking for jobs have continued to face different kinds of discriminations in the process of finding jobs in the country.

Many job seekers have become fractured and some have given up searching for employment opportunities.

According to Chapter II of South Sudan Labour Act 2017, (1)        “No person shall discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee or job applicant in any work policy or practice.”

However, many job seekers who preferred working for non-governmental Organisations and private companies to working for government because of high pay have been facing diverse forms of discriminations prohibited under the labour laws of the country.

Many job seekers told Juba Monitor that it was not easy to find jobs with Organisations and companies because some employers were not transparent in the process of recruitment in the country.

Companies and employers offer jobs based on popularity, gender, ethnicity, and ones willingness to offer some month’s salaries to the focal person in the job recruitment.

One job seeker who identified herself as Keji Dorothy told Juba Monitor last week that ladies were vulnerable to the process of getting jobs. She claimed that some employers ask ladies for sex before they were given the positions.

“Some of us are being deceived by employers who normally promised they would offer the job on condition of sex and at the end they may not offer her the job after they have used her,” Ms Dorothy stated.

Like many other job seekers, Ms Dorothy said that she has been looking for job for the last one year without getting any and that the little money that she should have used for feeding was being spent on the process of looking for jobs.

“I am a mother, the little money that would have helped us to buy food I have used it for transport, photocopying papers and internet and at the end I don’t get the job,” she said.

Ms Dorothy added that getting jobs in Juba has become very difficult adding that it costs time and money.

“Getting job is hard and frustrating in Juba. It needs transport every morning to go to public boards and money for internet and photocopying papers which is expensive,” she noted.

Ms Dorothy pointed out that some organisations and private companies advertised positions that were already offered to people of their choice.

She urged employers to give equal opportunities for candidates to justify their qualifications before offering the job to the most qualified candidate.

“I call on employers to stop corruption and not to advertise positions that they have already offered to their families or friends. They should be transparent and consider qualifications,” she urged.

Lokiri Simaya Gabriel, another job seeker pointed out that sometimes those who applied for the job were left out and strange people are employed.

“It is very hard to get a job here in Juba. People are just wasting their time and money to apply for jobs advertisements because at the end of the day the person that is taken for the job was not even in the interview, sometimes his or her name is not among the candidates short listed for the interview,” Simaya claimed.

Samuel Raymond 24, a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration said it has now taken him six months on the streets searching for job but has found none.

“I have been applying for jobs for six months now and they have never even short listed me for the interview I don’t know why?” he wondered.  Is it because they need people with experience? But where will I get the experience from?” Raymond asked.

Another job seeker Simon Clement 40 said some Organisations and companies were dominated by a particular tribe.

“If one is not from that tribe he or she will not be employed in the organisation. They advertise positions but those positions are already being filled by their relatives,” Clement claimed.

According to Mary Hillary, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, the ministry has no enough staff to ensure the process of job recruitment is done in transparent manner.

“Our role is to receive advertisements, approve them and send to be put on the boards but we are not part of the panel of interviewers,” she said.

“We lack enough staff at the moment but in the future when there is enough budget to recruit more staff, we shall make sure every process of selection and appointment is done in a transparent manner,” Ms Mary said.



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