Back-end developers are in
About One-third (31%) of software developer jobs on Gigson asked for back-end developers. Front-end developers followed demand by 24%; full-stack developers were 20% of all jobs, and mobile developers made up 22%.
Internship roles and employers seeking developers to perform 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.
Employers prefer physical
While we have seen a year-on-year rise in remote jobs, 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.
Contracts, the rise
of the gig economy
19% of all jobs posted were contract roles. These roles typically require talent to work for a short period of time and be dismissed after. We’re beginning to see companies work in sprints or projects and only need talent for the duration of such projects.
Lagos is where it’s at
91% of all jobs were in Lagos. Nigeria’s other cities, although 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. Lagos continues to drive the trends for the technology sector.
37% of all jobs on Gigson were tagged ‘competitive’ as employers refuse to disclose remuneration details until further discussions with interested developers. Below is a breakdown of salary offers.
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.
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