#5 Make job-seeking affordable - Youth Capital
What does it really cost young people to look for work?
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#5
Make job-seeking affordable

Youth Capital advocates for solutions to decrease the cost of looking for work, and to promote more affordable access to information and resources.

The costs associated with looking for work are too high (transport, printing, and data), and push young people out of the earning game. Affordability can change this by allowing young people to stay engaged in job-seeking, and find ways to participate in the economy. 

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make job-seeking affordable
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make job-seeking affordable
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make job-seeking affordable

The facts are

  • 1 in 10

The number of young people (15-35) who are discouraged from actively seeking employment

Raw data

  • R938

Monthly costs young job-seekers have to face

Source

  • 8 in 10

Young people who have to choose between buying food and looking for work

Source

“We need to worry about preparing for interviews, and not how and where we will find money to look for a job.”

-Mantwa Gladys Mabe

RESEARCH

‘Beyond the cost: what does it really cost young people to look for work?’ offers an updated financial estimate on how much money young people spend a month when looking for work, as well as insights into how data-free and low-data platforms are being used by young job-seekers. The report further outlines how job-seeking costs go beyond financial implications, and stresses the need for holistic solutions to reduce the barriers that young people face when attempting to tap into earning opportunities.  

What could improved certification look like?

Zero-rated websites link young people to online learning, upskilling and employment opportunities.

A cash transfer for job-seekers ensures that young people have the financial resources to look for work.

Job-search assistance programmes support young people to know where to look for opportunities and for potential vacancies.

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