Africa has become the hub for computer software developers since 2021 and through pandemic times. The global economic crisis is also to be attributed to this movement; a Google report has revealed. But these skilled workers are now being sought outside of their continent itself.
Google, through an interview of over 1,600 software developers, discovered that almost 38% of African developers work for at least one company based outside of the continent. The African Developer Ecosystem report stated that “Across the continent, the pool of professional developers increased by 3.8% year on year. The total number of developers in Africa is now 716,000.”
The Africa Developer Ecosystem Report gathered data from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. Indeed, the market for computer professionals is pretty dynamic and significantly growing for the youth in the continent.
Four out of every ten African software developers now work for at least one company based outside of the continent, while five work for local start-ups. According to the report, Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt lead the continent in software development talent, while Nigeria is said to have led the continent in roiling out talent in this field, adding an estimated 5,000 new professional developers to its pool in 2021.
The report also showed the number of African professional developers in the workforce defied economic contractions to have increased by 3.8% or, 716,000 making up 0.4% of the continent’s non-agricultural workforce. More African developers are getting full-time jobs due to both the rise in demand from local start-ups and the 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 tied, at 89,000 each.