2019 Edition

State Of C<>de Jobs

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What is State of C<>de Jobs?

Welcome to State of Code Jobs. For the last 3 years, Devcenter has showcased software development trends in Nigeria. Our premier survey State of Code, surveyed thousands of software development talent to help the technology industry understand their expertise and needs.

With State of Code Jobs, we have pulled data from over 3000 jobs on our hiring platform, Gigson. This report is to help software developers understand what employers want. Take a deep-dive into hiring trends and analysis by downloading the complete report.

Part 01 / 06

Back-end developers are in highest demand

About One-third (31%) of jobs on Gigson asked for back-end developers. Front-end developers followed demand by 24%, full stack developers were 20% of all jobs while mobile developers made up 22%. Internship roles and employers seeking developers to do multiple roles, come together at 3%

The rise of the designer

A role that was almost obscure until recently, Designer jobs made up 12% of all jobs on GIgson. Many technology companies have become design and empathy-led, building their solutions around the needs of the user. Design communities like Figma Africa, Adobe XD Nigeria and Usable have risen and taken the lead in educating companies and talent about the need for design-thinking in building technology products.

Part 02 / 06

Employers prefer physical work

While we have seen a year-on-year rise in remote job postings, fully remote jobs take up 9% of all postings, 14% are remote-friendly while 56% are full-time, physical jobs. Due to concerns about electricity and stable internet connectivity, employers are insisting they want software development staff on-premises. 2% of the jobs were part-time.

Co-working spaces fill the remote gap

Co-working spaces have risen to fill this development gap. According to Coworker, there are 117 of these in Nigeria - up from barely 5 at the beginning of the decade. Many freelance and remote workers now opt for co-working subscriptions while employers offer them as a perk.

Part 03 / 06

Contracts, the rise of the gig economy

19% of all jobs were contract roles. These roles typically require talent to work for a short period of time and be dismissed after. Many companies have begun to work in sprints or projects and only need talent for a while.

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Lagos is where it’s at

91% of all job postings were in Lagos. Nigeria’s other cities although are growing with technology jobs, are not growing as fast as Lagos and are not providing access to markets as Lagos does. Many technology startups and companies move to Lagos so they can scale growth, acquire talent and be closer to digital consumers

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Recruiters keep mum

37% of all jobs on Gigson were tagged ‘competitive’ as employers refuse to disclose remuneration details until further discussions with interested developers.

The largest specified remuneration group is N80,000-N150,000($220-$410) for junior developer roles at 15% of jobs. Employers are only willing to pay higher when the talent has more experience.

Part 06 / 06

Employers want some experience

Mid-level developer roles make up 63% of all jobs, while 10% are for junior developers. Senior developer roles are 27% of jobs. These experiences are not limited to Nigeria. In the global market, employers are seeking more experienced developers resulting in layoffs for many junior developers.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel though. Due to the talent gap, organisations have risen to improve the skills of junior devs. Organisations like Resplash, Decagon and Univelcity hold training, internship programmes and give scholarships to developers

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