Kenyans moving abroad to countries like the US and UK, often considered lands of great opportunities, have consistently found the pleasure of securing well-paying jobs compared to their home country.
Such is the story of Millicent Tata Wilson, who left Kenya for the UK in 2023 after losing the position of Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Khalaba ward in Bungoma County during the last general election held in 2022.
“After losing the polls, I saw no need to stay in Kenya, so I decided to join my family residing in the UK,” Millicent said.
She claimed that the decision to move to the UK was also fueled by the realization that opportunities for securing a job in Kenya were limited.
In some instances, obtaining a job would require one to pay a bribe, which further influenced her choice to relocate.
Upon arrival in the UK, Millicent decided to venture in the construction industry as a labourer
“As a skilled individual, I identified a gap in the construction industry. Subsequently, I followed the necessary procedures in the UK. The job offer had to be at the required skill level—RQF 3 or above (equivalent to A Level and above). Additionally, I had to meet the English Language requirement at B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages among others,” she explained.
Millicent says she works as a laborer in the construction industry, where her work is diverse and physically demanding.
On a typical day, she is involved in various tasks such as site preparation, material handling, and assisting skilled workers in tasks ranging from concrete mixing and pouring to demolition.
She operates small machinery and contributes to maintaining a clean and safe construction site.
Millicent takes pride in her role as a crucial team member, ensuring that the construction process progresses efficiently and adheres to safety standards.
Her responsibilities also include collaborating closely with other construction professionals and following instructions from supervisors to contribute to the overall success of construction projects.
“I work for nine hours a day, diligently earning 13 pounds per hour, which translates to 2,481.61 Kenyan Shilling.” She revealed.
Millicent asserts that the income is sustainable in the UK, citing the relatively low housing tax compared to other countries.
”Taxes in the UK are consistently directed towards the development and welfare of the people,” Millicent says.
Millicent now says she is working on completing a 6-week welding course that will enable her to earn Ksh 61,000 per day.
She states that her motivation is to generate the financial stability needed to return to Kenya and vie for the 2027 Presidential seat.
“I am still working in construction, and I plan to save until 2027 so that I can have around 100 million in savings to use for running for President,” Milicent, who works in the UK, told Kenyan Report.