Google report shows growing demand for African programmers — Quartz Africa


Four in ten African software developers now work for at least one company based outside the continent, while five work for local start-ups, according to a recent study, highlighting the dynamic and growing market for technical talent from the continent in the world. over the past two years. years.

A 22% increase in internet usage by small and medium-sized businesses in Africa, a record streak of fundraising by local startups in 2021, and demand for remote tech workers in more mature markets are all factors attributed to the growing awareness of African software. development talent. And, of course, there was the covid-19 pandemic.

“Increased global demand for remote tech talent, which has been accelerated by the pandemic, has created more remote job opportunities for African developers,” Google said in its ‘Africa Developer Ecosystem Report 2021.’

The report shows that the number of African professional developers in the workforce defied economic contractions to rise by 3.8%, or 716,000, or 0.4% of the continent’s non-farm workforce .

Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt lead the continent in software development talent

Nigeria has led the continent in producing talent in this field, adding around 5,000 new professional developers to its pool in 2021.

The country even has an online academy—AltSchool Africawhich attracts programming students from countries all over the world by offering an elaborate curriculum in computer programming.

At the beginning of February, the digital campus had already received more than 8,000 applications from 19 countries for its software engineering program which starts in April.

More and more African developers are getting full-time jobs due to both increased demand from local start-ups and global demand for remote technical talent.

Morocco added 3,000 new professionals, while South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia added 2,000 each to their talent pool.

However, South Africa leads the continent in the total number of software developers, with 121,000, followed by Egypt and Nigeria equally, with 89,000 each.

The growth in the number of developers has not only been recorded in the continent’s top tech start-up ecosystems. Other emerging ecosystems like Senegal, Algeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Mozambique have also increased their numbers, with these countries each adding around 1,000 software developers.

Opportunities for software developers in Africa are both local and global

African startups are responsible for hiring more than half of local developers, with foreign companies outside the continent hiring 38% of the remaining talent.

While Africa has a nascent developer ecosystem, these latest statistics suggest a rush for the continent’s top talent – ​​those with strong programming skills in developing web and mobile apps.

This competition seems to have had a positive effect on salaries and other forms of remuneration.

“More and more African developers are getting full-time jobs due to both increased demand from local start-ups and global demand for remote technical talent,” says Google.

Last year, senior-level developer earnings grew the most, by 11% to $55,500, while mid-level talent saw their annual income increase by 9% to $25,500.

According to the report, 80% of African developers are under the age of 35, with the average age being 29, much younger than the global average of 36.

Africa’s internet economy is expected to reach $180 billion by 2025, or 5.2% of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

By 2050, the projected potential contribution could reach $712 billion, or 8.5% of the continent’s GDP.

The original version of this story has been republished with permission from birda story agency under Africa No Filter.

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