ISSUE 54 | JULY 2023

AN OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE FEDERATION OF UGANDA EMPLOYERS

FUENEWS

THE VOICE OF EMPLOYERS

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Dear Cherished Member,

There’s an African proverb that states, ’If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.

Over the years, we have maintained strategic partnerships with valuable stakeholders to propel the Federation to great heights. Our most recent alliance is with the Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM). PUM is a Dutch-founded organisation established to help grow Small and Medium

Enterprises (SMEs) in developing nations and emerging markets. FUE and PUM signed a partnership agreement at the Dutch Embassy in Uganda aimed to support SMEs achieve business growth. H.E. Karen Boven, the Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda witnessed this extraordinary milestone.

The Federation and BrighterMonday Uganda (BMU), an esteemed member extended their scope of cooperation to address ‘Talent Acquisition Matters’. BMU has closely worked with FUE on various impact projects to improve workforce productivity, share knowledge and increase employee retention through webinars, surveys and published reports. As we embark on another exciting journey together, we look forward to developing a smooth recruitment process as well as enabling Employers retain the best talent in the course of employment.

On the same note, FUE has also been affiliated to the Presidential CEO Forum (PCF) since its inception in 2021 and sits on the PCF board to represent Employers’ views. The PCF has been instrumental in transforming the business environment and bridging the gap between the public and private sector. We were pleased to host the PCF Coordinator at our head office. This courtesy visit was significant to FUE staff who received valuable insights on leadership and professionalism to boost productivity and service delivery.

Furthermore, the FUE Governing Council Board participated in an essential induction process to launch their tenure of service. The Governing Council is a team of seasoned business professionals that offers strategic direction, guidance and a wealth of knowledge to facilitate the delivery of high quality services to Employers. A warm welcome to National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), Uganda Christian University, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Brookside Dairy, UVRI-IAVI and New Vision, the new members of the board.

We look forward to beneficial working relationships, fundamental achievements and a fruitful year of service delivery. Let’s work together to fly the Employers’ flag high!

Thank you,
Together for Employers.

Douglas Opio

Executive Director.

CONTENTS

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THE FUE GOVERNING COUNCIL 2023 INDUCTION MEETING

On 20th July 2023, FUE was delighted to host an induction meeting for the Governing Council at the head offices in Kiwanga-Namanve. The Governing Council is a team of seasoned business professionals that offer strategic direction, guidance and a wealth of knowledge to facilitate the delivery of high quality services to Employers. Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha and Ms. Annet Nakawunde are at the helm of this great team as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively.

Mr. Douglas Opio, the FUE Executive Director applauded the Governing Council for taking up the leadership role to support the mandate of the Federation. He believes the expertise of each board member is a significant contribution to the advancement of Employers’ fraternity. Mr. Opio pledged his commitment to work with the Governing Council to serve Employers’ interests and needs.

In addition, we warmly welcome National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), Uganda Christian University, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Brookside Dairy, UVRI-IAVI and New Vision, new members of the board.

We look forward to a great working relationship and fruitful year. Let’s work together to fly the Employers’ flag high!

FUE-PUM PARTNERSHIP

According to statistics, Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs) account for 80% of Uganda’s GDP and comprise 90% of the private sector. FUE is delighted to partner with the Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM) to support growth of SMEs in Uganda. The partnership agreement was signed on Friday 21st July at the Dutch Embassy in Uganda. PUM is a dutch founded organisation established to help grow Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing nations and emerging markets.

H.E. Karin Boven, the Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda witnessed the signing of the partnership agreement between FUE and PUM. In her remarks, the Ambassador applauded

FUE for their deliberate efforts in championing economic growth through technical support to SMEs. H.E. Boven further expressed willingness to explore other opportunities for collaboration to promote economic growth.

In order to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), its expedient for stakeholders to join efforts and work together for sustainable growth. Looking forward to a fruitful partnership!

FUE-BMU PARTNERSHIP ON TALENT ACQUISTION MATTERS

Over the past two years, BrighterMonday Uganda (BMU), and FUE have worked on various projects to ease the recruitment process pre and post-COVID-19 for Employers and job seekers. On Monday 3rd July 2023, FUE was delighted to extend the scope of partnership with BMU to address ‘Talent Acquisition Matters’. The main purpose of the cooperation is to facilitate Employers acquire and retain the best talent in the hiring process.

Our Executive Director, Mr. Douglas Opio and Ms. Xenia Wachira, the BMU Country Director both highlighted adapting the changing needs of the evolving labour market through skilling, up skilling, artificial intelligence and mentorship that

are significant to advance employer competitiveness. In addition, they both emphasised the use of digital tools at the workplace as an important aspect to improve service delivery and maximum productivity.

FUE and BMU have worked together on various projects that have resulted into informative webinars on different topics ranging from company culture, employee well-being and challenges of recruitment featuring seasoned business professionals with a wealth of knowledge. The Employee Satisfaction Report 2021 and The Employee Handbook Survey Report 2022, insightful publications for employers and employees resulted from these collaborations.

REGULATORY IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR AMENDMENT OF THE UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ACT

The Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) was represented at a workshop organised by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports to conduct a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for the Amendment of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 (as amended) and in making consultations on Higher Education Policy.

A Regulatory Impact Assessment is an analysis of the likely costs and benefits associated with the introduction of a new policy, law or regulation. It is a tool that informs policy decisions, and a key component of Regulatory Best Practice (RBP).

The 4-Day workshop was organised from Monday, July 3 to Thursday, July 6, 2023 at Hotel Paradise in Jinja. It was also attended by officials from Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, NCHE, Uganda Registration and Services Bureau (URSB), Kabale University, Makerere University, Gulu University, Uganda Christian University, Uganda Management Institute, Cavendish University, YMCA, and Uganda Christian Institute for Professional Development, among others.

Regulatory Impact Assessment was officially started being used as a decision making document in Uganda in 2014 following President Museveni’s earlier directive that all officials apply the lessons and standards described in the Guide to Good Regulation in policy and law making within their respective Ministries. The rationale of RIA is to design precise and targeted regulations that achieve legitimate policy aims, improve the quality and efficiency of government interventions, enhance competitiveness, increase transparency and accountability, and reduce on corruption. It is also used as a tool for monitoring and evaluation.

During the RIA process, a number of issues affecting Higher Education in Uganda were identified. These include; Weak laws/regulations, non-compliance to existing regulations, the regulated being the regulators at NCHE, conflicting mandates, commercialisation of Higher Education, lack of proper management Information System, uneven distribution of Higher Education, sexual harassment, limited training facilities, inadequate ICT facilities, lack of a comprehensive Higher Education Qualifications Framework, insufficient instructional materials, gender discrimination, discrimination of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), high cost of Higher Education and funding challenges, among others.

When the ranking of the various policy options was made, introduction of a new policy or law, and review and amendment of existing Higher Education framework came as the first and the second choice respectively. In view of this therefore, a roadmap for the finalisation of Higher Education policy and legal reforms was made as follow: A select group of few officials was created to polish and harmonise the ideas that were generated during the workshop into the Draft Higher Education Policy, and the Principles for the drafting of the new Higher Education Law, plus the Cabinet Memo. When this process is finalised, another consultative meeting of wider stakeholders will be organised for additional inputs in the documents before they (documents) are presented to cabinet for approval to drafting the Bill and presentation of the same to parliament for debate into law.

FUE HOSTS PRESIDENTIAL CEO FORUM COORDINATOR

The Presidential CEO Forum (PCF) was inaugurated in 2021 as a direct and adequate link between the private sector leadership, CEOs from Corporate institutions and government executives with the aim of contributing to the National Development Agenda. FUE was delighted to host Ms. Irene Mugisha, the PCF Coordinator at the head offices in Kiwanga-Namanve on Monday 17th July 2023.

Ms. Irene in her courtesy visit interacted with each staff member on an individual basis to understand their different roles and responsibilities. She further shared key tenets on leadership, productivity and professionalism. Ms. Mugisha also emphasised the need to customise services that benefit the Employers fraternity as well as a close working relationship with the government to influence policy decisions for conducive business environment.

FUE is pleased to represent Employers on the PCF board and seeks to maximise this opportunity to bridge the gap between the public and private sector business community in a bid to achieve socio-economic transformation. Special appreciation to the PCF for the courtesy visit and we look forward to future collaborations.

FUE-UNICAF SECURITY AWARENESS WEBINAR

A safe and healthy working environment is the responsibility of every Employer. On Thursday 20th July 2023, we were delighted to partner with UNICAF University and Uganda Police Force (UPF) to conduct a webinar on, ‘Safety and Security of Business Premises’ from 12:30pm (EAT). The Guest Speaker was Mr. Kafeero Moses Kabugo, the Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP).

The webinar provided key details on conducting a security assessment at the workplace to identify vulnerabilities to crimes, accidents or natural disasters. Participants were urged to train their staff on numerous aspects of safety such as firefighting, use of emergency exits and cyber security to safeguard organisations from arson and loss of important data. Employers were also encouraged invest in CCTV cameras, reputable security companies, adequate lighting and store key contacts of security personnel within the community to expedite the process of curbing crime.

Its expedient to install safety measures to ensure the workplace is conducive for business and work operations in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. FUE conducts OSH audits for Employers to ensure compliance and eliminate occupational hazards and injuries at the workplace. For more information, contact Henry Sabah, the OSH Specialist, henry.sabah@fuemployers.org

FUE HOSTS EMPLOYERS’ WORKSHOP ON ONLINE SERVICES PORTAL

Technological advancement and adoption of digital tools to conduct business is the new-normal in the world of work. In a bid to leverage technology, FUE hosted a workshop for Employers in the Northern region to share tenets on accessing virtual services through FUE Services Portal. The training was conducted on 6th July 2023 from 8:00am (EAT) in Lira with over 40 participants in attendance.

During the workshop, Employers were enlightened on the FUE Member Services Portal which will provide information, tools and resources regarding Human Resources, Employment Relations and Legal Compliance as well as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) among others. Various sections of the portal were discussed such as checklists, templates, step-by-step guides, pictorial guides, industrial court precedents and articles. In addition, participants were informed on the prototype, pilot test, consultations and relevant information on aspects to enhance user experience.

Furthermore, a consultant provided a live demonstration on the navigation of the portal to guide Employers on the practical use of the platform such as system access, account creation, scheduling an appointment, accessing content and information.

As we embrace the digital transformation journey, FUE is keen to ensure all Employers access and benefit from all services stipulated in the membership value proposition.

FUE MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio was delighted to pay a courtesy visit to Kinyara Sugar Ltd, an esteemed member of the FUE family. The visit provided an opportunity for Kinyara to demonstrate the production of industrial white sugar and other products they offer on the market. In addition, FUE discovered the initiatives of Kinyara in engaging the local communities in wealth creation. The Federation is proudly associated and applauds Kinyara for providing jobs and its contribution to society.

RECRUITMENT TRENDS

MIDYEAR JOB SEARCH INSIGHTS

Software and technology job searches online have continued to grow in the first six months of 2023 with a 199% increase compared to the same period last year.

The Google Search Console data also highlights a considerable rise in both remote and part time jobs over the first six months of 2023.

According to the data, there were over 3.9 million job search queries in the first half of 2023 compared to 2.7 million the year before which indicates a 44% increase year on year.

Public sector (central & local government jobs), banking and retail sectors registered some of the biggest gains while the transportation, logistic & procurement sector saw a 47% decline in the period under review.

The NGO sector remains one of the strongest sectors for job seekers with over 60,000 impressions, a 90% increase from the same period last year.

BrighterMonday Uganda also remains one of the most searched and visited jobs platforms with over 63,000 impressions (up 60% from last year in the same period) and over 23,000 clicks, more than double the number last year.

The platform also registered a 42% increase in the click through rate (CTR) at 37% which is more than x6 times higher than the overall average for job searches in Uganda.

The proportion of job searches on mobile increased from 70% last year to 75% in the first six months of the year showing a deeper shift of users to mobile over any other devices.

The full report will be available on 31 July 2023 on BrighterMonday Uganda and its various partners.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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