Nigeria Telcos employ 14,774 Nigerians, 299 expatriates


Industry statistics revealed that Nigeria’s telecommunications operators have employed about 15, 073 workers directly. Out of this, 10, 611 were males, while 4,163 females, as of 2021. 

Nigeria Telcos employ 14,774 Nigerians, 299 expatriates
File Photo: Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria

The sector also provided jobs for 299 expatriates, where 252 were men and 11 women.


According to data from the NCC, the operators were segmented into mobile, Internet Service Providers (ISP), fixed telephone, colocation/infrastructure sharing, value added service (VAS) and other network data operators, The Guardian reported.


Specifically, mobile operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9mobile, ntel and Smile) employed 7,226. Out of this, 4541 were males, 2501 females and 184 expatriates. Fixed telephone operators (21st Century, ipNX, inq.Digital and Swift Telephone) had 471 workers, of which 358 were males; 113 females and two expatriates.

The ISPs had 3,274 employees, where 2,515 were males, 723 females and 36 expatriates. Colocation and Infrastructure sharing providers boasted of 1,920 workers, of which 1,511 were men, 360 women and 49 expatriates. VAS operators had 751 workforce, 526 men and 208 women with 17 expatriates. 

For other network operators, NCC said they employed 1,426, where 1,160 were men, 258 women and 11 expatriates.       

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