In the past years, the global sourcing of tech talent from African countries has taken a flight. IT-staffing and software outsourcing company Tunga has published a research report about sourcing software developers from Africa. The report provides key data and insights about the recent situation in the top-17 African countries in terms of the size of their developer pool: what is the salary level and the level of the English language proficiency; how is the business climate and the infrastructure for online technology; and which are the most popular software languages and frameworks on the continent.
The research has been conducted by Tunga during the past two years and was published this week.
The research concludes with four different types of countries. There are frontrunners such as Mauritius and South Africa, which are attractive and safe choices but a bit more expensive. The sleeping giants like Nigeria and Egypt with their enormous population and large tech talent pools, and high English proficiency. Salary levels are moderate. There are also promising outsiders like Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Rwanda and Cameroon, with all different backgrounds, from languages spoken (French in Senegal) to business climate (Excellent in Rwanda). Late-bloomers such as Ethiopia and Tanzania have a lot of unlocked potential but are fairly new to this market. The research concludes that the tech-potential in Africa is largely undiscovered, although the potential is enormous. All popular skills and frameworks are available in the African talent pool. Tapping into that pool can be done through various approaches. This research provides insights to determine the right strategy.