Tanzania: 80 Percent of Tanzania Labour Force ‘Unskilled’

Dar es Salaam — The government has revealed that 80 per cent of Tanzania’s labour force is unskilled, a situation that pose an obstacle to moving into a middle income economy.

Delivering a speech on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, the deputy director for employment Mr Joseph Nganga said that 80 per cent of 20 million working population in the country is unskilled.

That means 16 million Tanzanians are unskilled.

“The government is aware about this problem. We need to upgrade the current composition of unskilled labour. We have to move from 80 per cent to 54 per cent of unskilled working population,” said Mr Nganga.

He was speaking at the occasion of completion of one year programme for graduate internship sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO).