Talent2Africa have already mentioned, in previous articles, the different sectors that created most jobs in Africa. With the continent expected to generate 122 million new jobs by 2027 (according to the World Bank), Africa is still looking to fill the gap in the needs for skilled and talended workers and good profiles to better manage growth and development in the continent.
In Africa, there are 5 sectors that are standing out and making it easier to find a good job. Finance, agri-food, health, technology or infrastructure and Natural ressources are among the areas where many jobs are available.
Locally found professionals and those from the diaspora should therefore look into these five growing sectors in order to find their place in the economic development of the continent.
With a rapidly growing population of more than one billion along with life expectancy and quality of care being below the global level, the health sector appears to be essential in Africa. On the continent, populations, especially rural populations, are facing great difficulties in accessing adequate health coverage. But also note that in several African countries such as Rwanda, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa, the health sector is improving, health policies are flourishing, offering opportunities for new jobs in the sector. Some technological innovations and start-ups also contribute to increasing the quality of healthcare.
2- FINANCES, BANKS, MOBILE BANKING SERVICES
It is one of the sectors that have been affected the most by the “Talent Gap”, but remains one of the best in offering the most opportunities in Africa. Boosted by the flourishing digital world, the finance sector has considerably renewed its way of operating: mobile applications, digital operating platforms, etc. Now, new jobs are being created, requiring new training and expertise that will have to be sought elsewhere, among the talents of the diaspora who have better experiences.
3- BTP AND INFRASTRUCTURE
North Africa and West Africa are the regions that spend the most on infrastructure in Africa. A recent Deloitte study revealed these numbers: West Africa is the region with the largest number of projects with 92 projects. Those have a cumulative cost of $ 120 billion, the largest investment at a regional level. As for North Africa, it recorded a number of projects that jumped to 44.8%, their total cost reaching 195%, all of which were signs of renewed confidence in a region where political instability has reduced. These data give us an idea of the considerable need for talent in this field with thousands of important positions to be filled.
All the numbers that have been published this last ten years are formal about this. Africa remains a strategic continent for the agri-food industry in the world, because it holds 60% of the uncultivated arable land of the planet. In addition, according to the McKinsey and Standard Reports, it will take about US $ 9.2 trillion in cumulative investment to feed the world by 2050. Note that among all the sectors that have been mentione before, the agri-food industry is the one that needs executives the most. Since the basic workforce is available easily, the agri-food industry is constantly looking for talents that are experts in that departement that offers lots of employment opportunities.
5- PETROLEUM, GAS AND MINES
Senegal is the perfect example of the existing needs to recruit qualified profiles in the natural resources industry as it is getting ready to enter into a preparation phase for future exploration of oil and gas since they have been recently discovered off its coast. The country multiplies its “SOS” calls to acquire a qualified workforce, by offering training sessions, and by looking to recruit plenty of experts with good international experience. Along with the finance sector, this sector offers the most highly paid salaries for professionals interested in a career in Africa.You can also read Africa – Investing in human resources, a priority. Why ?