Nigeria’s Technology Job sector shows substantial growth during Covid-19
New Job figures released today, from the sub-Saharan Africa’s job placement website Jobberman, showed a 183 percent increase in new job listings in Nigeria for April 2020. Technology accounted for most of the new jobs with an 18.79 percent growth, followed by banking, finance and insurance. It & Software were at a 11.69 percent increase.
At the beginning of March, Jobberman Nigeria saw a 70 percent decrease in job listings due to the reduced economic activity caused by the enforced lockdown and many companies shutting down recruitment budgets to cut costs. Jobseeker sign ups also decreased by 17 percent.
The increase in job listings was driven by the #UnityInAdversity campaign, which enabled companies to post job listings and access Jobberman’s database of over 2.2 million professionals across Nigeria for free, as a show of support for businesses and individuals looking for new opportunities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Hilda Kragha, CEO of Jobberman Nigeria, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the process of connecting talent to opportunities more complicated and we are fully aware of the strain businesses and individuals in Nigeria are facing. We plan to be here for the next 10 years so making this small sacrifice to help our users navigate these difficult times is something that we think is definitely worth doing.”
When asked about the problem of face to face interviews during Covid-19 the company told Biztech Africa that Skype had been particularly useful.