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Uganda meets the future: ICT industry hiring on the rise

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By Mariam Kigongo

The latest Everjobs Uganda Career Report details many booming industries and career opportunities in Uganda; occasions that will help foster the country’s growth in the future.

Recent data from November 2015 from the Everjobs Uganda career report shows Marketing jobs are growing at a fast pace, those that are followed in demand by the employers are, Accounting and finance that dropped to second place compared to the last career report in September, thirdly was management and administration jobs.

This also matches the observations of Everjobs growth manager Patrick Kaboyo who sees a lot of rise in the marketing and administrative sector. After starting with market predictions and a list of occupations projected to grow, the team used the outcomes from focus group sessions to refine the findings into a usable report.

Not only that, accounting and finance position are highly sought after by various companies across Uganda. There is also a huge demand for accounting and finance positions by professionals. Accounting and finance positions receive 60% more applications than marketing positions receive. Most jobs are seen with the ICT industries, but with the improving Ugandan economy, where we now see from the last September edition NGO jobs dropped to second place reason being most NGO jobs rarely recruit as frequent as ICT industries.

The growth in ICT is not just a snapshot, online companies like Everjobs, Hellofood, Lamudi and Jovago, Yoza or SafeBoda facilitate life in Uganda. Therefore they have a high demand for staff. The growth is not restricted to Uganda only but will bring growth to the entire Africa. And this growth is likely to endure. The international well-known management-consulting firm Mckinsey & Company estimates that by the year 2025 the annual e-commerce sales will be around $75 billion in Africa. Also the Internet to the contribution to the African GDP is estimated to be around $300 billion.

Despite the fact that NGO jobs dropped, they are still hiring a lot in the Energy/Utilities area. This trend will be fueled by an economic growth, forecasted by the World Bank to be above 5% in Uganda in the upcoming year.

However, due to elections the number of new hires seems to be on hold at the moment. This matches observations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that stated that the depreciation of the Uganda Shilling and the 2016 elections contributes to slow down in Uganda’s economic growth. The Everjobs team is very optimistic about the coming year and looking for even better and more challenging opportunities to deliver to the Ugandan community.

Hellen Nakyeyune, Business Growth Manager of Everjobs Uganda added, that she is highly optimistic about the coming year in the job market. She hopes to see a rise in the number of open positions especially in Accounting and Finance and Sales positions.

Since it’s Africa, the last launch in March 2015 Everjobs Uganda is growing at a fast pace, using the high potential of Uganda and the rest of Africa. With its offices, in Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda, Everjobs has a big presence in West and East Africa. To expand this presence, Everjobs aims to expand further to other African countries and be the leading job portal in Africa’s fast growing economies. Some of the companies that are backing up Everjobs are, The Africa Internet Group (AIG) that is owned by MTN and German Rocket Internet and Swedish Millicom.

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ABSA Contactless Cards to enhance shopping experience for customers

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A customer pays for their shopping using a contactless Absa Visa Debit Card.

A customer pays for their shopping using a contactless Absa Visa Debit Card.

By Our Reporter 

Absa Bank Uganda recently unveiled contactless vertical Visa debit cards and point-of-sale (POS) machines. The contactless functionality enables customers to make payments by simply ‘tapping’ the card on a contactless enabled POS terminal once the card has been enabled.

The contactless solution comes at a time when there is an increased need for the adoption of cashless payment options in the face of growing safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be spread through touching infected objects and surfaces.

Why get the Contactless Card?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is need to limit contact with other people and the contactless card addresses this as it’s only the customer that touches the card, thus reducing the chances of viral infection from contact with infected hands and objects.

Furthermore, contactless payments are faster and more convenient, as customers experience shorter queues, a faster ‘check-out’ process and no longer need to carry around a lot of cash to perform daily transactions.

There are also reduced chances for fraud as the card never leaves the customer’s hand and is designed with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which encrypts each transaction and ensures that account and payment information remain secure.

How to identify a Contactless Card

The Contactless Card is essentially no different from the other VISA Debit cards in terms of physical appearance.

They all have similar features including a magstripe, microchip, account number, and CVV2 code among others.

The only differentiating feature between the cards is a Wi-Fi symbol in the front top corner of the contactless card.

However, the card has to be enabled first before one can perform any contactless transactions.

To enable the card for contactless transactions, the customers will have to first use an Absa payment device or transact via an Absa ATM. Once this is done, the customer will then perform up to two more chip-and-PIN (swipe) transactions to enable the card for contactless payments.

ichael Segwaya, Absa CFO and ED and Ann Kiconco, acting Retail Banking Director pose with the contactless-enabled Vertical Debit Cards during the launch recently.

Michael Segwaya, Absa CFO and ED and Ann Kiconco, acting Retail Banking Director pose with the contactless-enabled Vertical Debit Cards during the launch recently.

How the card works?

While checking out at a contactless-enabled POS terminal, the merchant will simply key in the amount to be paid and then a Wifi sign will appear on the machine, meaning that it is enabled to accept contactless payments.

All the customer will then need to do is bring their contactless-enabled card near the POS machine (about 2 inches) and the payment will then been authorized, without being requested to put in their PIN.

When your contactless card is brought in range with the contactless-enabled device after the merchant has initiated the transaction, the two exchange the necessary details needed to complete the transaction.

The contactless card uses Near Field Communication which is a technology that allows wireless data transfer over a short range.

The chip on the card operates as one part of a wireless link. Once it’s activated by another chip, small amounts of data between the two devices can be transferred when held a few inches from each other.

How secure is the card?

Because payments are completed without need for PIN approval, the bank has a range of controls and checks to ensure safe and secure transactions.

For instance, when the transaction is completed, the customer receives an instant SMS notification notifying them about the details of the transaction by the card. In case they are not aware of the transaction, they can then contact the bank to block the card.

Also the card is configured with limits on how much one can transact at a time as well as the number of transactions they can make in the day. The number of transactions one can make in a day are intermittent. For instance a customer may do two transactions and on their third transaction, they are asked to put in their PIN to approve transaction.

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Riham rewards winners in the Go Xtreme Challenge

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Winners in Riham's Go Xtreme Challenge

Winners in Go Xtreme Challenge pose for a group photo with Hariss International directors (in black).

By Our Reporter

Riham has rewarded winners in the Go Xtreme Challenge, an online campaign in which participants showcased their daring side. The month-long campaign was concluded this week with 20 participants being rewarded.

The winners received their prizes during a ceremony held at the Hariss International offices on Thursday. Prizes included bicycles, sodas and t-shits.

Speaking during the award ceremony, Rachel Luwedde, the public relations manager at Hariss International Limited thanked winners for participating in the challenge and revealed that there are many more campaigns still to come.

“We are excited that we are still finding ways to engage our customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With this campaign, we required participants to do something extreme at home using our Sky View product and then share online.” Rachel Luwedde said.

The #GoXtremeChallenge social media campaign kicked off on July 6th and attracted over 50 participants.

To participate, individuals were required to post a 30-second video of an ‘extreme challenge’ while holding a bottle of Sky View soda on Facebook or Twitter tagged #GoXtremeChallenge. The participants performed bicycle stunts, comedy skits, and dance routines among other challenges.

ONe of the winners in Riham's Go Xtreme Challenge poses with her prize.

One of the winners poses with her prize.

“We encourage you to stay tuned to our digital platforms because we still have more in store for you.” She added.

The #GoXtremeChallenge social media campaign focused on the Sky View brand that is known to evoke high performance, youthfulness and a sense of excitement in its consumers.

Guests were delighted with extreme stunts from skaters, cyclists and footballers during the award ceremony, before being treated to a yummy barbecue.

Meanwhile, Riham is set to launch another campaign aimed at encouraging families to share together. The campaign will be unveiled on Monday, August 17.

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Fresh Dairy Re-Assures Families With Healthy and Nutritious Products That Contribute To a Balanced Diet

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By BigEyeUg Writer

Nutrition is fundamental to ensuring healthy development for children and families. Having a balanced diet is one of the basic requirements of nutrition. A balanced diet implies having a meal that contains different kinds of foods in certain portions such that the body’s requirement for nutrients is met.

While a balanced diet should be a must have in every family, in this fast paced era it can be a challenge for parents to ensure that their families are eating healthy and nutritious foods. The lack of time often forces families to either stick to one type of meal for long or to prepare quick easy to make junk food which doesn’t have sufficient nutrients required by the body.

Fresh Dairy, the leading producer of dairy products in Uganda seeks to address the need for balanced diets in families by producing healthy and nutritious products including Fresh milk, flavoured milk, Long life or UHT milk, powdered milk, Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside Fruit yoghurt, ghee and butter all made with fresh milk from Ugandan farms. All Fresh Dairy products are nutrient-rich with Energy, Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat and Calcium among others.

Commenting on the need for families to have a balanced diet, Marketing Manager Fresh Dairy – Vincent Omoth noted that Fresh Dairy takes pride in being a family brand that ensures that families enjoy dairy products, that are not only healthy but packed with nutritious ingredients. ‘At Fresh Dairy, we put the family dietary needs at the fore front while developing products. We ensure that all members of the family, from the children, teenagers, adults are catered for by producing a variety of products, in varying sizes and flavours to meet changing consumer needs.

Omoth added that both Fresh Dairy and Brookside products can be consumed according to individual consumer preferences. For instance Fresh Dairy Flavoured Yoghurt and Brookside Fruit Yoghurt can be consumed as healthy snacks, Butter can be used as a spread on bread or for baking, Ghee can be added to meals, Flavoured milk can be consumed on the go in between meals, while Long life milk can be consumed straight from the packages or cooked. All this is meant to meet varying consumer needs, he added.

All Fresh Dairy and Brookside products are available countrywide in Shops, Duukas, Kiosks, Supermarkets and Tricycle agents located near consumers. Customers can also place orders for free home delivery by calling Fresh Dairy’s customer care toll free line on 0800100020/21 or WhatsApp 0715744664.

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Sheebah names Ghetto Kids’ Patricia as Holic Pads brand ambassador

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By BigEyeUg Team

Young dance group, The Ghetto Kids’ Patricia Nabakooza has bagged a juicy gig as brand ambassador for singer Sheebah Karungi’s ‘Holic Pads’.

The good news crowning the young talented choreographer was shared on Wednesday afternoon by Sheebah herself.

The ‘Team No Sleep’ singer says there was no way she could miss-out working with Patricia bearing the fact that she has an outstanding work ethic and passion.

True Leaders Don’t Just Create Followers. They Create More Leaders. Meet Our Holic Pads Ambassador Patricia Sitya Loss 💜 I Love Working With This Young Queen, Her Work Ethic & Passion Is Everything!,” Sheebah wrote.

Patricia has also kick-started her new job in high gear with words endorsing the use of Holic pads by the girl-child during the menstrual days.

Every Girl, No Matter Where She Lives Deserves To Feel Comfortable During Her Red days. Have you used @holicpads Yet? What’s Your Experience?” stated Patricia.

Holic Pads are manufactured and sold under the ‘Nakyuka’ singer’s company, Sheebah Establishments.

Sheebah launched Holic pads earlier this year at Pearl of Africa Hotel witnessed by influential women in Uganda including; Barbie Kyagulanyi, Queen of Toro Best Kemigisha, Miss Uganda’s Brenda Nanyonjo, former Miss Uganda Brenda Abenakyo and many others.

At the event, Sheebah said she had been inspired by her past struggles to get pads to launch the business.

See more photos here;

Congratulations Patricia!

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