The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) incollaboration with Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced the launch of aNational Technology Talent Gap Analysis Research, 2022.
This was disclosed in a joint statement signed by head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar and senior communications manager, Co-creation Hub, Muhammad Eyinfunjowo.
According to the statement, this is an update of the Technology Talent Gap Analysis 2016. It includes updated data and insights, incorporates a more rigorous study approach, and captures the change in the technology talent need and supply since the prior study.
The director general/CEO of NITDA Kashifu Inuwa said “This research will give us great insights into the knowledge gaps that have been identified and will help us make better decisions on technology talent gap acceleration in Nigeria.”In a similar vein, the CEO of Co-creation Hub, Mr Bosun Tijani, said, “we areexcited to be working with NITDA again on this research as we further curateuseful insights on the technology talent demand and supply in Nigeria”.Nigeria’s tech ecosystem has expanded over the past decade, and as a result, the shortage of expertise has gotten more pronounced.
of over 200 million and a staggering unemployment rate of 33.3 per cent, one out of every three Nigerians who are able and eager to work is unemployed.“In implementing this National Multi-Stakeholder Research Project, a thorough investigation was conducted into the gaps and potential that can be brought to the forefront in Nigeria. The shortage or absence of literature on particular technological skills deficiencies in the Nigerian information technology sector is one of these gaps and possibilities.
“Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity for this study to define the key and specialized technology talent in Nigeria and their supply and demand projections. In addition, most Nigerian institutions of higher education have an incomplete grasp of the impact of technology education programmes. This is an opportunity for the study to gather feedback on the impact from studyparticipants, particularly students,” the statement said.
The 2022 study will apply a descriptive research approach and triangulation of data. As a fundamentally multi-stakeholder study, the research designwould approach the Talent gap issue in the Nigerian Information TechnologySector from a comprehensive viewpoint, incorporating all essential stakeholders and participants across all variable spectrums.
The quantitative method intends to collect data from practicing technologydevelopers and university undergraduates in technology, computer science, and other relevant subjects. The qualitative will collect data fromUniversities (Computer Science/technology departments), technology talent headhunters, Polytechnics, organizations heavily dependent on technologytalents, development partners, foreign tech-talent recruiters, governmentparastatals, and alternative technology education platforms.