African Tech Talent: The Solution for IT Professional Scarcity

BY Ernesto Spruyt · 2 MIN READ




Amsterdam, June 2019 – 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 outsourcing IT jobs to African talent. In this report, the African countries that are most suitable for finding software developers, as well as the reasons why are discussed.

African talent from Algeria to South-Africa

The report ​Best African Countries for Sourcing Software Developers 2019 provides reliable statistics on how to source African talent in the IT sector. By focusing on different aspects of 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? Tunga has conducted research during the past four years in which they have employed software developers in, among others, Nigeria, Egypt, and Uganda, all countries with significant tech communities. The projects are monitored by dedicated project managers to ensure that a professional team meets the needs of international clients.

“Incredibly motivated”

Ernesto Spruyt, founder of Tunga, on his company’s mission and method: “There is a double advantage to our strategy. On the one hand, we work with people in places with high unemployment rates and few opportunities. This way, we create jobs for African youths in places where it has the highest positive impact on society. This also means we can offer a high-quality service at very competitive rates. Our clients usually want to launch a new software product or prototype quickly, which is quite a challenge in Europe because of the scarcity of developers, and sometimes ridiculously high hourly rates. The African talent in our pool are incredibly motivated and committed to a long career.”

About Tunga

Tunga is a Dutch company 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 intelligent, capable, and professional but have limited access to challenging, well-paid jobs. Tunga drives a change here by supplying high-quality software developed by African experts quickly and affordably, enabling these experts to grow, succeed, and take their spot in the international tech sector. For more information, check ​

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