Expatriates Rank Nairobi As Africa’s Best City To Work In

The UN office complex in Nairobi

Kenyans faulted the survey for failing to factor in widespread poverty that has virtually crushed the middle class pushing many low- and average-income earners into informal settlements

By The Weekly Vision Online

Foreign diplomats based in Nairobi have ranked the Kenya capital as number one in Africa to work in and 12th globally. According to a survey conducted by a global network of expatriates, InterNations Nairobi scored high on the quality of getting settled, work-life balance, finance, housing and the cost of living.

Many Kenyans working and living in Nairobi dismissed the rankings saying it failed to reflect the harsh reality wananchi are facing as the cost of living worsens with every passing day. The Kenya consumer organization faulted the survey on its Twitter post arguing more Kenyans had been pushed into absolute poverty living on less than a dollar a day Kshs 100.

They faulted the survey for failing to factor in widespread poverty that has virtually crushed the middle class pushing many low- and average-income earners into informal settlements.

According to the Expat City Ranking, Nairobi moved fifty places in 2020 to be ranked the best city to work in Africa in 2021 and 12 globally due to the ease of settling and finding houses

Huge slums in Nairobi tell a different story from the expatriate’s view, economists argue saying Kenya is one of the world’s most unequal societies in the world. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics 10 per cent of Kenya’s 50 million population control 80 per cent of the national wealth earning Kshs 1500 for every shilling a poor man earns! According to the Expat City Ranking, Nairobi moved fifty places in 2020 to be ranked the best city to work in Africa in 2021 and 12 globally due to the ease of settling and finding houses.

The survey that interviewed 12,420 respondents in 57 cities shows Nairobi also ranks 12 globally, an improvement from 62 out of 66 in 2020. The survey shows most of the expatriates picked Nairobi due to ease in getting settled, friendliness of locals, feeling welcomed and local language. All three African cities featured rank among the bottom 10 in the quality of urban living and urban work life indices — except for Nairobi, which lands in 34th place in the latter index. Nairobi also outperforms the other cities when it comes to the ease of getting settled, as well as finances and housing,” the survey stated.

The capital was also ranked sixth globally in the finance and housing index satisfaction with their financial situation, disposable income, affordability, and ease of finding houses. Nairobi beat Cape Town, Cairo, and Johannesburg, ranking 41, 52, and 55, respectively. The ranking placed Kuala Lumpur, Málaga, Dubai, Sydney, and Singapore in the first five positions. Stockholm, Riyadh, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Geneva underperformed in the survey, taking the last five slots.

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