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Receptionist job in the hospitality sector

Following COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions, it is predicted that up to millions of African jobs will be lost in the aviation and aviation-related industries, according to a report by Air Transport Action Group.  The report revealed that 4.5 million jobs out of Africa’s 7.7 million aviation-related employment would be lost. Up to 172,000 jobs in the aviation sector alone have been lost by the end of 2020. 

Subsequently, the aviation sector in Africa is estimated to fall by 58 percent, that is US$37 billion, compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

Moreover, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Employment Outlook indicates that the effect of the containment measures is worse than the 2008 financial crisis. The result of the current crisis has led to “an exceptional drop in activity and unprecedented job losses. Up to 10 times fewer hours were worked in some countries, compared with

Last year, a world bank report indicated that innovative firms are concerned with the practical experience and skills provided by the education and training systems.

Employers find that the public education system does not produce graduates with practical experience. Moreover, they find that graduates from technical training and vocational institutes do not meet the required skills.

The report dubbed Kenya: Capturing Skills Requirements and Assessing Skills Gaps in the Modern Economy noted that skills have a positive impact on individuals’ earnings, independently from education.

An additional year of education increases earnings by 6.5 percent, but this effect is reduced by two percentage points when socio-emotional, technical and cognitive skills are taken into account. Openness (including both creativity and flexibility), conscientiousness (ambition to do a task well) are correlated with higher earnings, as are cognitive skills like problem solving and learning and technical skills like computer use.

Given this, HR practitioners …