On Finding Talents In Nigeria: The Challenges and Trends from Nigerian Recruiters

The First Nigerian Recruiters Survey Report has been released. This report uncovered challenges, concerns and priorities for Nigeria Recruiters and Career Starters or Job Seekers navigating the job seeking process amidst COVID-19 and beyond.The Nigeria Recruiters Survey was carried out between October to December 2020 and we are delighted to publish the findings.

Before we fell into the horrible hands of COVID-19, I had chosen to embark on this yearly project focused on studying and capturing local data and stories on Youth Unemployment in Nigeria. At 33% recorded by the National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS), the Nigerian Unemployment rate today is higher than it was in April 2020 at the beginning of the lock down and the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria.

I’ve followed the trend of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria for over 5 years since I was in university studying for a Bachelors degree in Sociology. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has also altered certain dynamics of the Nigeria Labour market causing a limitation to businesses, the larger economy, career plateau and opening up exponentially the wave of technology.

This report offers an in-depth look at the stare of recruitment in organizations, and the strategies adopted to overcome the challenges in an increasingly evolving world, while also helping us provide evidence and data to the trends and skills shortage amongst entry level candidates in Nigeria.

About The Nigerian Recruiters Report

On a regular basis, the National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) engages in the Labour Force Survey to better understand and capture the realities of today’s marketplace, including unemployment rate based on certain indicators. In 2020, I set out to conduct a yearly survey and somewhat in depth study of observable and hidden factors to unemployment mostly affected by young people. This report is the first of many to come.

The 2020 Nigerian Recruiters Report surveyed roughly 235 HR Professionals in Nigeria to gain awareness of the current state of the recruitment prior and throughout the pandemic and highlight certain lessons and trends.

Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s report!

FINDING TALENTS… in a talent constrained economy

  • 58.3% reports that the recruiting environment over the last 12 Months has been very challenging compared to the previous. Finding talent is hard.
  • To add more context, 59.6% reports that shortage of technical skills appears as top challenge when it comes to hiring.

The GO-TO for Talent Sourcing

With millions of young people seeking employment, and the difficulty of recruiters finding talents in Nigeria, visibility and positioning will be of more importance to both job seekers and recruiters.

  • Recommendations from employees and LinkedIn are the highest channels for sourcing new talent. 76.2% of recruiters report that they use employee referrals while 72.3% use LinkedIn.

Download the Full Report for More

These are just a few of the key takeaways from the 2020 Nigerian Recruiters Report. Download the report today for hundreds of additional statistics and insights to help job seekers and talent professionals understand how adjusting efforts to meet the supply and demands of the job market today will progress into the future.

To download the full report click here.

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