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Africa Tech 
Talent Retention 
Report

First-hand insights and data on the state of talent retention in Africa's startup ecosystem. 

Key insights

67% of employees began contemplating their exit less than 6 months before they left

Employees hardly ever leave a team abruptly. Just like any relationship, one party most likely has considered checking out long before the notification gets sent in.

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Company culture and clear paths for growth are important to talent

The day-to-day working environment and overall company culture were noted as the top reasons why young professionals are leaving their roles with African startups. This, combined with a lack of growth opportunities and the quality of leadership, is responsible for the high turnover of talent that has become commonplace within the tech ecosystem. 

Communication gaps from managers

There are few things more important as a manager than being able to communicate effectively with your team. Ensuring that team members know what’s expected of them and feel comfortable asking questions or providing feedback to their managers is key in being able to lead an efficient, successful and happy team. If expectations aren’t communicated clearly, it can be detrimental to the success of your team.

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Africa Tech Talent Retention Report

First-hand insights and data on the state of talent retention in Africa's startup ecosystem. 

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build successful teams

Our mission at Venture for Africa is to build an engine designed to immerse top local and global talent in the African startup landscape in an effort to help fill the persistent talent gap in our ever-growing ecosystem.

In addition to direct engagement with our startup partners’ hiring teams, we also mobilise expertise and ideas to influence the talent acquisition and retention strategies within startups in Africa through short articles, surveys, case studies, how-to guides and reports like this one.

This report includes first-hand insights, followed by data on the state of talent retention in Africa's startup ecosystem. 

We surveyed 100+ young professionals who have recently left a role at a startup or currently work at one to understand talent loss, and help hiring managers and teams make better decisions when it comes to talent retention strategies.