By Olivia Nabaggala
26th May 2023
Formal job employment creation is said to have increased from over 1.3 million employees in 2020/21 to more than 1.4 million employees in 2021/22, the government has said.
The Minister of State for Planning, Amos Lugoloobi disclosed this in his presentation of the status of implementation of the 2021-2026 NRM manifesto commitments spearheaded by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development indicating that this has been captured by the Pay As You Earn register (PAYE).
He revealed that the highest number of PAYE employees was registered in the Public Administration sector with 456,782 followed by the manufacturing sector with 145,448, wholesale and retail trade with 97,261.
Formal jobs in the agricultural sector also registered an increase from 51,384 employees in 2020/21 to 57,731 employees in 2021/22.
Minister Musasizi also noted that the private sector contributed about 83% of the total formal sector jobs with high concentration in agriculture and fishing (69%), manufacturing 6% among others.
Other critical sectors where recorded employment opportunities exist include mining and quarrying, utilities among others.
It’s against this that the minister called upon the public to utilize these opportunities.