Remotasks Gains Fame After Student Tells Ruto He Earns Over Ksh26K In One Week
Ruto engaged Kipchumba who was working part-time online jobs using the government's Jitume ICT Laboratories while continuing with his studies.
Brian Kipchumba, a student pursuing a diploma in ICT, became the focal point of an online debate after revealing to President William Ruto how he manages to earn more than Ksh27,000 per week through the Internet.
While at Mosop, in Nandi County on Tuesday, January 16, Ruto engaged Kipchumba who was working part-time online jobs using the government's Jitume ICT Laboratories while continuing with his studies.
The student showed Ruto his workbench indicating that he earned a total of Ksh45,795 (USD 284) for tasks he completed in December through the Remotasks online platform.
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"I want to show you my success through the digital platforms and I am still in school," he stated while revealing that he began undertaking the tasks on December 26.
The student added that after taxes, he pocketed Ksh45,000 which he used to sustain himself.
The Head of State appeared impressed by his skills, imploring him to help his administration convince Kenyans that online jobs pay very well.
"So I have been trying to explain to Kenyans that it is possible to earn in digital jobs. So you will help me persuade young people that there are opportunities in digital jobs," Ruto appealed to Kipchumba.
However, the little exercise and showing Ruto how Remotasks works sparked mixed reactions from Kenyans in various quarters.
"I don't know what this Remotask thing is that Brian Kipchumba is telling President William Ruto about, but what I know is that he should have used that opportunity to talk about something else. Young people are their own enemies, and then they start blaming everyone around them," politician Alinur Mohamed commented.
Others, particularly government allies, feared that Ruto would increase his tax base to include such websites which offer Kenyans an alternative method of earning an income.
"Come to think of it, gatekeeping is good. I mean a whole person telling President William Ruto that he is earning 26K monthly by working on Remotask is sickening man.
"You just can't shut up? This President can't create employment away from Mjengo by building affordable housing," journalist Edgar Wabwire lamented.
What Is Remotasks?
Remotasks is an online tasking platform focusing on building technologies related to AI (artificial intelligence), neural networks, and machine learning.
The platform works with different companies to help them form tomorrow's smarter gadgets - from self-driving cars to more intelligent AI systems.
With Remotaskers, the platform helps deliver various outputs to clients that can help them develop their AI projects - this time with the platform's invaluable human input.
"However, unlike other online tasking platforms, Remotasks won't force you to do the same tasks over and over again. Thanks to our continuous stream of orders, our Remotaskers can engage in a wide variety of Tasks - from simple orders to more challenging projects.
"Think of it as making a pizza delivery robot. In the future, we might see pizza delivery robots populate our neighbourhoods - and it’s all thanks to your projects in Remotasks that you can get that Hawaiian pizza," the platform explains on its website.
According to Glassdoor, the estimated total pay range for a Cloud Worker at Remotasks is Ksh153 and Ksh166 per hour, which includes base salary and additional pay.
The average Cloud Worker base salary at Remotasks is Ksh161 per hour.