When it comes to software development, Africa is a blind spot for many companies. The continent, however, has great potential, as we can tell from investments by Google and Facebook. The African talent pool could be a solution for companies that struggle to find good software developers.
Dutch company Tunga published a report about the outsourcing of IT-jobs to African employees. In this report, the African countries that are most suitable for finding software developers as well as the reasons why are discussed.
The report Best African Countries for Sourcing Software Developers 2019 provides solid statistics on software development in Africa. By focusing on different aspects in the sector a complete overview is provided, from Algeria to South Africa. Which countries harbour the best tech-talents? Where is the tech-ecosystem growing fastest and where to go for the best English language skills? What about wages? Which countries have a stable business climate?
The research has been conducted by Tunga during the past four years in which they have employed software developers in, among others, Nigeria, Egypt and Uganda; all countries with big tech communities. The projects are monitored by dedicated project managers to ensure that the needs of international clients are met by a professional team.
“With us, the knife cuts both ways. On the one hand, we work with people in areas where unemployment is high and opportunities are limited. This way, we create jobs for African youth in areas where the social impact is highest. On the other hand, it enables us to offer a great service at an affordable price.
Our customers often want to launch a new software product or prototype quickly, something that is difficult in Europe due to the scarcity of IT people, the high rates and, to be honest, also the sometimes indifferent attitude of programmers. Our people in Africa are super motivated and show no primadonna behaviour.” Ernesto Spruyt, founder of Tunga.
The tech firm with a network of over 300 African software developers spread over Uganda, Nigeria and Egypt. The platform, founded in 2015, is an initiative of social entrepreneur Ernesto Spruyt and the not-for-profit organization Butterfly Works.
Tunga meets the worldwide demand for software developers by offering local young African tech-talent. These technicians are smart, capable and professional but still have limited access to challenging, well-paid jobs. Tunga drives a change here by supplying high-quality software developed by African experts in a quick and affordable manner and enable these experts to grow, be successful and take their spot in the international tech sector.