The belief that Chinese firms hire more employees from their countries than local ones is in contrast with the research findings.
The World Bank in its Policy Research Working paper titled “Deal or no Deal; Strictly Business for China in Kenya?” said the country ranked fifth job creator through her foreign direct investments in the country.
Kenya currently has around 400 Chinese firms with average of 360 local employees with 70% hired on part time while the rest on full time.
China created 2,170 in Kenya and ranks fifth among countries with significant FDI in Kenya behind the United States, UK, Japan and India.
Chinese firms involved in labour-intensive an activity which mainly segregates the female workers in employment.
The firms identified the lack of skilled workforce and language as a constraint to doing business in Kenya.