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Poor houses deny Nairobi top workers, says study

Nairobi’s dry taps’ problem has witnessed
Nairobi’s dry taps’ problem has witnessed emergence of a booming water supply business. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Availability of decent and affordable housing units in Nairobi determine the quality of workers available, a study by global health, wealth and career consultancy says.

The study where 500 Nairobi residents participated in a face-to-face interview showed the government and corporate entities would enjoy higher productivity levels and quality work done if they considered providing a conducive environment for communities to thrive.

The 64-page report prepared by Mercer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, said safety and security were also key to Nairobi residents’ choice for where to live and work followed by the area’s air and water quality.

Nairobi’s dry taps’ problem has witnessed emergence of a booming water supply business, leaving residents to consume water whose source is suspect.

The study, ‘People First: Driving Growth in Emerging Megacities’ which looked at workers’ health, human, work and money needs said transport and traffic issues also contributed to one’s choice of residence and workplace. "The government and large businesses have a role to play in making Nairobi more attractive in meeting the top needs of employees," said Mercer Africa Associate Francis Omanyala.

The study added that public-private partnerships were crucial to helping address the missing gaps in infrastructure, safety and housing, thereby enabling residents to overcome challenges.

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