Africa ICT – The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in Africa is booming. International and local companies in this sector show positive financial performances, on a quarterly basis. They still have room to improve, with the challenge of reducing the large digital gap, in comparison with developed countries.
In fact, market shares like the internet access, the development of new platforms and applications or services to be extended to other sectors are accessible for companies in this sector. The digital age has boosted business performance in Africa. In return, recruitment in this sector is significant, with thousands of generated jobs. Moreover, recruiting managers or professionals who have a good grasp of the local and field context becomes a subtle and complex “headhunting” activity. Many ICT companies compete to attract the best profiles (preferably local professionals or from the African Diaspora). In this perspective, some companies want to help recruiters find the right profiles. One example is Talent2africa, a digital recruitment platform for candidates with high level skills, for many multinationals, Pan-African champions, and beautiful SMEs growing across Africa. The companies identified as the “most important job-providers” to ensure their growth in the African market include:
Atos, SAP Afrique, Maroc Telecom, the Orange Group and MTN.
Atos, world leader in digital transformation The Atos group chose Senegal to expand across Africa, with the inauguration of its Digital Service Center in Dakar in 2016. Mr. Thierry Breton, President of the Atos Group seized the opportunity to expose their recruitment projects for Africa. 250 people were employed in this project. Atos plans to recruit 2000 engineers by 2020. Other recruitment projects for its Casablanca Service Centers are also on the agenda.
SAP, a company constituted under European law (Germany), the largest software publisher in Europe and world #4 The company plans to invest $ 500 million in Africa as part of its development plans. This investment comes along with a recruitment project that will help the company to strengthen its presence on its African bases, notably in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Kenya and Morocco where, on 3 May 2016, SAP inaugurated its new headquarters in francophone Africa. SAP plans to employ at least 250 people who will expand a workforce currently composed of 700 workers whose core business is the deployment of its products such as SAP Hana.
The Orange Group, a recruitment expert The Orange Group has recruited 1440 people in 2015. This trend is expected to grow, with the recruitment of profiles related to mobile payment, Big Data, social networks (network architects) and information systems. Orange has 20 subsidiaries in Africa so far, after the purchase of Airtel’s two subsidiaries in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. As a result, recruitment projects will increase, according to the new strategic plan “Essentiel 2020”, developed by the French group.
Maroc Telecom among the biggest Ranked #8 of the 500 large companies on the continent, Maroc Telecom repurchased in January 2015 six African Emirates Etisalat subsidiaries operating under the Moov brand, for an amount of 650 million dollars. Several companies in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Benin, Togo, Niger and the Central African Republic joined the group. Maroc Telecom is actually present in 10 countries in Africa. Maroc Telecom is expected to expand its workforce to have access to the new market segments and services such as mobile payment and mobile banking, as is the case in Côte d’Ivoire MTN, South African giant seeks new talents Operating its headquarters in Johannesburg, the MTN Group, (in 16 African countries), intends to recruit new talents for its development program in the following sectors: Marketing; Mathematics & Statistics; Computer Engineering ; Telecommunications Engineering; Supply Chain Management; Finance Accounting. The group wants to recruit young talents and leaders able to develop innovative solutions, for the current and future needs of the operator of mobile networks and telecommunications.