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Hot Programming Skills Foreign Companies Are Hunting From Africa

by Adedolapo Olisa

August 16, 2018


The demand for African software developers by foreign recruiters, CTOs, CEOs, etc. continues to rise, as African recruitment experts have reported that request influx for developers seems to be greater in the Western world.

According to a report by Modis, the number of tech employment opportunities is expected to increase by 12% by 2024, which will lead to more jobs. This means greater responsibilities for software engineers and the need to continually expand your skills.

The most desired developers use the .NET, Java and JavaScript programming languages, according to developer-specific recruitment platform and this trend has continued in 2018.

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The most preferred jobs in the software development space listed C#, Java, and .NET among the required skills, with C# skills regaining popularity in recent years.

Moreover, the seniority of developers seems to play a major role when it comes to recruitment.


If you’re looking to update your current skill set, our short guide of the most preferred techy skills will help you.

What Are Foreign Employers Really Hunting?

App Developers With UX and UI design skills

Mobile application developers UX and UI design skills will continue to be in high demand in Africa, just as they have been in the past few years. The demand will get higher in 2018.  One of the reasons why this is key for recruiters is because app developers with UX and UI design skills can offer much more value for project management.

Convenience with every layer of dev stack

Most foreign companies are now regularly in search of developers who are comfortable with every layer of the development stack and have the ability to draw out insights from massive data sets. Many top firms now seek full-stack developers who comfortably move between a variety of technologies and platforms.

Brace up on C++, Java, and C#

C++, C# and Javascript mastery is by far, the most sought-after skills as named by foreign CTOs and recruiters. This is because these programming languages have proven to be a highly valuable skill set in today’s tech market whether you’re building for the desktop, the Web, or mobile. For example, C++ is best known as an efficient and flexible language used for the creation of large systems, such as desktop applications and server platforms. According to professionals from www.business2community.com, earnings of C developers will start from $60–80,000. A Senior Java Developer has a great chance for a salary ranging from $75,000 to $120,000, with as much as 80% of all software developers specializing in this language.

You need to brush up on C++, C#, and Javascript today!

They Buy into Developers with DevOps skills

DevOps (development and operations) skills are a clear stand-out. DevOps practices simply improve your team cohesion ability,  make you a better developer and a more indispensable collaborator. Engineers who think in these terms will release better code faster and with greater confidence.

The increasing demand for software developers has produced lucrative remuneration packages for professionals in Africa.

Whether you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or expert developer, it never hurts to keep expanding your stack.

Looking for your next opportunity in the dev world? Reach out to Charisol Tech at charisol.io to connect with a tech recruiter and explore your career options.

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Adedolapo Olisa

Adedolapo Olisa

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