Nigeria Online Recruitment Report Q3 2016


Tuesday, January 03, 2017 8:54 AM /NBS  


Employment continues to be a serious topical issue worldwide. Job creation has been on top of the agenda globally and in Nigeria this has been no different. The National Bureau of Statistics as the National Agency responsible for the development and management of official statistics and the authoritative source and custodian of official statistics in the country has the mandate to collect, compile, analyse, interpret, publish and disseminate statistical information solely or in collaboration with other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental agencies.  

In fulfilment of this mandate, NBS has partnered with Jobberman Recruitment, the foremost recruitment service company in Nigeria to periodically publish information on online recruitment activities in Nigeria.  

The main object of this collaboration is to provide policy makers, researchers and the public with as much relevant and timely information, which is needed to proffer solutions to the current employment challenges in the country. As stated in the maiden report, the information published in this report is by no means a replacement to data generated from our regular Quarterly Job Creation Survey or the Quarterly Labour Force Survey.  

It is simply additional labour market information, specifically focused on online recruitment activities, generated to enrich already existing labour market data and information. Though Jobberman occupies the largest share of the online recruitment market in Nigeria, the information published in this report is only indicative of the trends and direction of activities in the industry and not necessarily conclusive. 


·       The number of applications was considerably lower than in the third quarter of 2016; there were a total of 266,797 applications in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 815,163 applications in the same quarter of 2015, a 67.3% drop.

·         By Contrast, the number of vacancies increased slightly relative to the previous period; in the third quarter of 2016 there were 14,112 vacancies, compared to 14,005 in the third quarter of 2015.

·         Trade/Services remained the sector to attract the most applications (40.7%), as well as to advertise for the most vacancies (73.2%).

·         Oil & Gas/Mining and Engineering were the two sectors to attract the highest amount of applications per vacancy, although at 80 and 68 respectively, the numbers are low relative to the previous quarter.

·         Applicants were predominantly male (67.9%) and well educated; 77.5% were educated to degree level or higher.

·         Lagos remained the state to account for the largest number of applicants and vacancies.



In the third quarter of 2016 there was a large drop in the number of applications relative to the number received in the same quarter of the previous year, a drop of 67.3%. In July, there were 86,643 applications, which rose to 93,164 in August, before falling to 86,990 in September; which implies a total number of 266,797 applications during the quarter. This compares to 213,922, 287,547, and 313,694 in the same three months of 2015, or a total of 815,163. 

Applications by Industry

As in previous quarters considered, applications were concentrated in a few industries. In July and August over half of all applications were made to the Trade/Services and Consulting industries, although this fell to just under half (48%) in September. During the quarter the top five most popular industries to receive the most number of applications accounted for over 70% of total applications.

The industry to receive the largest number of applications was Trade/Services, which received 40.7% of applications during the third quarter of 2016, which represents a slight increase relative to the same quarter of the previous year, when the industry accounted for 40.2% of applications. In July, August and September, this industry received 35,596, 39,261 and 33,690 applications respectively, which is equivalent to 41.1%, 42.1% and 38.7% of the total number of applications in each month.  

In July and August, Consulting was the industry to attract the second largest number of applications, and accounted for 15,102 in July, and 11,939 in August, or 17.4% and 12.8% respectively.  

However, there was a drop in the number of Consulting applications in September to 8,867 (or 10.2% of the total), and a simultaneous increase in ICT/Telecommunications applications, which led to the latter industry being the second most popular for applications in this month. Nevertheless, Consulting accounted for the second largest number of applications in the quarter and accounted for 35,908, or 13.5% of the total.

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