14 of the most in-demand tech jobs in South Africa right now – and how much you can earn
The Joburg Center for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) have published the ICT Skills Survey for 2021.
The survey, which is based on respondents from companies in the ICT sector, shows that there is still a high demand for IT jobs in the field, despite the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown.
“Our survey results show that the ICT industry has weathered this period of disruption well without the need for much change or reinvention. ICT companies and ICT professionals have handled the new working conditions well, ”the authors said.
“They didn’t have to rush to find new technology and new skills. Everything that was necessary for the “new normal” was already in place.
While much remains to be done, the ‘digital transformation’ across multiple industries and organizations large and small just happened in March 2020. South Africa now has the opportunity to make it happen. ensuring that ICT continues to evolve, the group said.
This will require the continued development of innovative technologies and the growth of our skill base to meet growing demands.
Despite the relative positivity of the sector, the report nonetheless identified a number of prominent occupations with difficult to fill vacancies in the MICT sector, including:
|Job||Number of vacant rooms||Average salary*|
|Software developer||2,434||R650 690|
|Computer network technician||1 948||R481 814|
|Developer Programmer||823||R568 303|
|ICT Communication Assistant||755||R243,000|
|Network and Computer Systems Engineer||731||R726 674|
|IT security specialist||713||N / A|
|ICT Systems Analyst||676||R728 396|
|Web technician||514||R588 753|
|Systems administrator||405||R523 937|
|Analyst Programmer||397||N / A|
|Management consultant (business analyst)||359||R502 907|
|Advertising specialist||224||R316 121|
|Telecommunications Network Engineer||164||R481 814|
|Database designer and administrator||114||R597 820|
* Salary data collected from Adzuna and for comparison purposes only.
The main programming languages were .NET, C #, C ++, Java, and VB. On the other hand, there has been a drop in demand for people to maintain legacy systems, such as COBOL developers, according to the survey.
“In addition, many companies were adopting the agile project management methodology. As a result, scrum masters were in demand, although there are very few people in the country who have certified qualifications to work with the method.
“When it comes to telecommunications, which incorporates both the business side and the technical side, network-specific professionals, such as computer network technicians and computer network and systems engineers, have continued to be in demand. “
Companies in the sector have also indicated that employers increasingly need people with more generalist skills such as communication skills, productivity and time management tools, rather than specialized skills.
“With greater convergence of technologies, people should be able to move seamlessly between many different technologies. “
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