As of 2021, there was a global talent shortage of 40m skilled workers, worldwide, with the number expected to reach 85.2m in 2030. Apart from a general lack of skilled workers, there’s a notable software developer shortage as the world transitions into digital.
One of the top three fastest-developing tech-startup nations, Israel is experiencing a 15% software developer shortage. And in the United States, there were 1.4 million unfilled developer jobs by the end of 2020. With an expected engineer shortage of more than 1.2m by 2026.
The Situation with Software Developers in Nigeria
Similarly, companies are struggling to hire software developers in Nigeria, given the increased competition for developer talent locally and internationally. The good news is that the numbers are swelling, and more young people are becoming developers. According to the GitHub CEO, Nat Friedman, Nigeria is “one of the fastest-growing developer communities on GitHub.”
Companies and startups looking to hire software developers need to find suitable candidates efficiently and adequately.
How to recruit the right developer?
There are a wide variety of languages, technologies, and frameworks in software development. Selecting a developer who is proficient in the required language, understands the necessary tools, and has experience performing specific tasks can sometimes be challenging. But it is not impossible. We have put together a list of tips to guide you on your recruitment journey.
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What to avoid?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, the demand for software developers is expected to grow by 22% in the next decade. This reflects what obtains in other markets, and even in Nigeria. The competition for quality tech talent is bound to heat up, and every organization will need to step up their hiring game. Good news for recruiters who know how to attract top talent, bad news for those who don’t. Which are you?
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