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Nigeria: Recruitment and selection

This resource is not currently being updated. It was last reviewed and updated on 31 December 2023. 

Original and updating author: Adekunle Obebe, Bloomfield Law Practice

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  • There is no legislation specifically regulating discrimination in recruitment and selection in Nigeria. (See Discrimination)
  • In general, employers that wish to recruit people in Nigeria as workers must hold an employer's permit. (See General)
  • Employers must ensure that recruits are medically examined by a registered medical practitioner. (See Medical examinations)
  • There are various rules relating to the employment of young people and children. (See Young people and children)
  • With certain exceptions, foreign nationals are required to have a work permit for employment in Nigeria. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Where an employer issues a written statement of the main terms of employment to a new employee it is obliged to retain certain records in relation to the individual. (See Record-keeping)