African software developers in high demand around the world
The demand for African computer software developers skyrocketed in 2021 due to the global economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report by Google reveals.
In the Africa Developer Ecosystem report, data was gathered from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.
In an interview with 1,600 software developers, Google discovered that 38% of African developers work for at least one company based outside of the continent.
“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 survey discloses.
Recent research has highlighted the dynamic and growing market for the continent’s technical talent over the last two years, which shows that 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.
A 22% rise in the use of the internet by small and medium-sized businesses in Africa, a record fundraising streak by local startups in 2021 and demand for remote tech workers in more mature markets are all factors attributed to the rising awareness of Africa’s software development talent.
“Increased global demand for remote tech talent, which was enhanced by the pandemic, created more remote employment opportunities for African developers,” said Google.
The report shows the number of African professional developers in the workforce defied economic contractions to increase by 3.8%—or, 716,000—making up 0.4% of the continent’s non-agricultural workforce.
Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt lead the continent in software development talent. Nigeria led the continent in roiling out talent in this field, adding an estimated 5,000 new professional developers to its pool in 2021.
The country even has an online academy, Alt School Africa that is attracting programming students from countries around the world by offering an elaborate curriculum in computer programming.