Hiring employees in Nigeria
If your company is in the process of an expansion to Nigeria, you will probably be aiming to hire employees in the country. The logistics of Nigeria recruitment can be difficult to navigate, with cultural differences, unique employment laws, and more all potentially presenting challenges.
At Horizons, our global expansion consultants are here to support you through the complicated Nigeria recruitment process, offering outsourcing and consultancy solutions to take care of your hiring in Nigeria for you. With our help, you’ll be able to source, recruit, and onboard a top workforce in Nigeria in full compliance with the country’s unique regulations, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in the country.
Nigeria hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Nigeria recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Nigeria expansion.
Where to find and recruit employees in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world, with a median age of only around 18 years old. Its economy is also growing rapidly, with standards of living increasing as a result. All of these factors make Nigeria an excellent place both to do business and to hire skilled, well-educated, and enthusiastic employees.
A good place to start your search for recruits is online using the country’s popular job boards such as Jobberman and many others. Another useful online resource is LinkedIn, which is very popular with candidates in Nigeria and can be used to post job advertisements and research potential candidates.
Many businesses also use older methods of recruitment, such as via newspaper and magazine ads. This can also be very effective but may be more expensive than some forms of online recruitment.
Discrimination regulations for employment in Nigeria
Nigeria has similar anti-discrimination laws to most other countries in the world. These include bans on employers discriminating against candidates and employees based on their age, HIV status, religion, gender, trade union membership, race, and more.
The penalties for breaking these laws can be strict, so you should always be vigilant about avoiding language and behavior that could be seen as discriminatory, even during interviews.
Onboarding staff in Nigeria
Nigerian employers do not legally need to follow a precise blueprint when onboarding new employees. However, we advise all companies to follow some basic concepts such as treating everyone with respect, providing adequate training, and offering an orientation period to introduce new workers to their colleagues and teach them about the company culture and your expectations. We also recommend trying to send representatives to the country for the onboarding process (if you don’t already have an established presence there).
Compliance laws for employers in Nigeria
Nigerian employment law grants various rights and entitlements to all employees in Nigeria. As an employer, you must provide things like mandatory sick pay, vacation leave, minimum wage, and so on. These entitlements can vary depending on the industry in question, so it is important that you understand your obligations before hiring. For more information about employee entitlements in Nigeria, visit our Nigeria PEO page.