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Safaricom Women Employees: Safaricom has become the first major company in Kenya to have half of its workforce made up of women. This is after the telecommunications giant crossed the 50 per cent female employees share on its payroll.

“We have achieved a 50:50 gender balance among our employees and 34 percent of senior management are women. In addition, 2.1 percent of our staff are persons living with disabilities,” says Safaricom in its 2019 Sustainable Business Report.

The company has further announced in the report that in its last financial year, it sustained 979,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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During the financial year under review, Safaricom says 178 women-owned businesses were pre-qualified under its Women in Business initiative.

The firm supports 167,083 M-Pesa agents, 433 dealers, 1,138 suppliers, 4,503 permanent employees as well as other stakeholders. The company had a staff headcount of 6,323 (permanent and contract staff) as at March 2019, an increase from 6,130 in 2018.

The latest Sustainable Business Report also notes that the telco disciplined 78 staff in the last financial year, even as an earlier released annual report had indicated that Safaricom fired 31 employees in the year ended March 2019 over fraud.

“We consistently review our compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those surrounding fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation,” the report adds.

Additional information on Safaricom women employees courtesy of the Business Daily.

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