International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE RELEVANCE OF FITZGERALD’S JOB SEARCH THEORY OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA
Andohol Jerome, Asom Simeon T.

Abstract
Unemployment is not unique in Less Developed Countries (LDC’s) but the size is enormous and the speed is much faster than in the relatively advanced countries. What is more, the problem seems to defy all known remedies. This can be traced to the overreliance on the theory- inspired prescriptions which seems not viable when applied in the circumstances of LDC’s. One of them is Fitzgerald’s Job Search theory model of unemployment which focuses on an unemployed worker’s decision to accept an offered job, or to continue searching for a better job. However findings from the survey conducted by the authors on why unemployment persist in the study area blamed the situation on lack of “godfatherism” (Man-Know-Man); for unemployed Nigerians are ready to accept jobs at any wage rate. But either a “highly” placed person should stand for you, or a bribe offered involving hundreds of thousands of naira (the Nigerian Currency), no job can be offered to a job seeker; competence is secondary. The study consequently denounced the factor of “influence” (man-know-man) and further recommended the adoption of competence and industry by employers in  prospective employees.


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