5 Available Jobs In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has had economic challenges from just around the turn of the century, as such, there has been high unemployment in the formal sector, which has then meant that either people have needed to find their own informal means to earn an income or companies have created strange positions in order to achieve their goals.

A quick glance around town shows that Zimbabweans are hard working people and don’t just accept things as they are but ‘make a plan’.

These plans are sometime some of the weirdest ones that you’ll find this side of the planet, heck, if you go anywhere in the world I doubt you’ll find anything as weird as what Zimbabwe has to offer in terms of the job market.

Here are 5 jobs that don’t exist in other parts of the world:

Receipt Tickers

These are normally security guards who are employed by supermarkets to stand at the exit of the shop and have just one job: to tick you receipt. Seldom do they check that the contents of your bags match the receipt, but all they have to do is make sure that your receipt is ticked. Some of them are a bit fancier and may put a bit of a signature but at the end of it all, they don’t really care what is on the paper or what is in your bags, so long as their pen meets your paper, they are fine.

Commuter Omnibus Placeholder

In Zimbabwe we call them kombi’s or there is the more riskier ‘mushikashika’ (a usually small vehicle that fits 5 people but often made to carry double that figure!). As these vehicles may take a bit of time to fill there are people who are paid to jump in and sit in the vehicle to give it the impression that it is filling up and you need to jump in quickly before you lose a sit. Once you get in and what looks like the last person is jumping in, you then find two people jumping out (these are the paid placeholders) to make room for paying travellers.

Jerry-can Hirer

Found near fuel stations you will find these ‘entrepreneurs’ standing with their jerry-can for hire to car owners that may have run out of fuel. Two things to highlight here: (i) not everyone’s fuel guage works in their car (that’s another post for another day) and so it’s a trial and error for someone to know when their fuel will run out. (ii) it is illegal for anyone to use a plastic bottle to pour fuel in it and most drivers don’t move around with a jerry-can. Fuel attendants most of the time don’t pour fuel into anything else. Step up our helpers, who will let you use their jerry-can to put your fuel for the low price of $1!

WhatsApp Installer

Yes, you read that title correct.
There are people in Zimbabwe would eke a living out of ‘installing’ WhatsApp on people’s phone. I know, I know, if you are not from Zimbabwe you won’t understand as to why in the world would someone pay another person to install WhatsApp when they can easily go to the relevant App Store and download it directly. Well, there are a few challenges to that: (i) Most Zimbabweans only buy internet bundles in the form of ‘WhatsApp Bundles’. These bundles allow the user to only access WhatsApp and nothing else, so they will not have an internet connection that can download WhatsApp. (ii) Because all that people access is WhatsApp a lot of people just think that is the only internet there is and don’t know anything about going to App Stores and downloading apps. To most people in Zimbabwe, a Google account is needed just to setup their phone so that they can start using WhatsApp and nothing more!

Accommodation Agents

These are the most sophisticated of the lot but what they get paid for just boggles the mind. Ok, if you’re not from Zimbabwe, then let me break this down to you slowly…

Accommodation is difficult to find in Zimbabwe. There are more people wanting to find a place to stay than houses that are available for rent. So, there are a group of people,let’s call them accommodation agents, who supposedly find these houses on your behalf. However, the catch is that you have to pay them a “registration fee” of $10 to $30 just so that they can start showing you houses and/or flats. You have to pay this “registration fee” right at the beginning of your conversation or they will not continue working with you. They say the fee is valid until they find you a house but then most of the time the place that they find you is never available or not what you told them you are looking for.

As such as they may be rent-seeking scammers, they essentially capitilise on people’s desperation in order to get paid.

No, this is not a call for you to start working in any of the above “industries”, but more to bring the plight of the opportunities that Zimbabwean’s are left grappling with.

Finding a job may be one of the most difficult things a Zimbabwean can do, though it must be noted that should that elusive job be hard to come by then Zimbos will just make a plan.

If you’re not one of those plan makers, why not spare a minute to check out Vacancy Mail, Zimbabwe’s biggest job portal that lists and helps people to find a job.

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