While the increasing technologically focused world has made working remotely very much the norm in advanced economies, with such jobs as programming and web development, the favorites for remote jobs; but that is not the case in Nigeria.
The research by Devcenter’s ‘State of Code Jobs’ reports that from over 3000 jobs on Gigson, the Devcenter’s jobs platform, about One-third (31%) of jobs posted were for back-end developers, and those on the server-side, which include work on scripting, databases, and frameworks behind a site’s functionality.
Those for front-end developers is 24%, and 20% for full stack developers while mobile developers made up about 22%; roles for internship and employers seeking developers to multi-tasks, altogether stood at 3% of all the jobs. And the required competence in such programming languages are Python, Java, and Ruby.
Why the Preference for Developers' Physical Presence
According to the report, analyzing year-on-year rise in remote job postings, availability of fully remote jobs was up 9% for all jobs postings, while 14% are supposedly remote-friendly and 56% as full-time, physical jobs and 2% of the jobs were on part-time.
The reasons given for unavailability of remove jobs by employers were concerns on stable power and internet connectivity, as they insists that software development staff must be on-premises to avoid excuses for late delivery or failed tasks.
Increase in Co-working Spaces
There is the rise in co-working spaces to fill the development gap created by unavailability of remote jobs, as developers clamor for a little bit of freedom. And there are about 117 of such places in Nigeria presently, up from 5 in about a decade ago.
These places have become the haven for freelancers and remote workers for co-working subscriptions while employers provide them as a perk.
It is pertinent to note that 19% of all the jobs were on contract roles, which typically require work for a short period of time and afterwards dismissed. As several of the companies work in projects and only needed the talents for a while, and Lagos is the place to be if you're targeting to work as a developer in Nigeria.
Nigerian Developers take-home pay
The remunerations for the developers is based on experience level, and employers, are somewhat reluctant to disclose what exactly they will pay until they've had a direct talk with the potential developer.
For employers who are more willing to reveal how much they pay before a contact is made, the average offer for junior developers is usually at the range of $200 (about N80,000 of the local currency) to $400 (N150,000) per month.
And such salary offers that are above N300,000 ($827) is mostly for advanced and highly experienced developers. The Gigson's report is supposed to serve as a help to developers to understand exactly what employers are looking after from them.