Scarcest IT skills in South Africa

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has gazetted the national scarce skills list and top 100 occupations in demand.

“The human resource development strategy of South Africa 2010-2030 puts emphasis on the need for a national scarce skills list which is aligned to the country’s social and economic priority goals,” his department said.

“Information about scarce skills is therefore of vital importance for a number of reasons.”

It informed human resource planning and development, resource allocation and prioritisation, the development of relevant qualifications, programme and curricula, and international recruitment strategies.

National scarce skills list

The Department of Higher Education and Training’s national scarce skills list is dominated by engineering and technical professions.

The top 10 occupations in demand are:

  1. Electrical Engineer
  2. Civil Engineer
  3. Mechanical Engineer
  4. Quantity Surveyor
  5. Programme or Project Manager
  6. Finance Manager
  7. Physical and Engineering Science Technicians
  8. Industrial and Production Engineers
  9. Electrician
  10. Chemical Engineer

Looking at IT professions, the following occupations are in high demand:

  • ICT Systems Analyst
  • Software Developers
  • ICT Project Manager
  • Technologist
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Network Analyst
  • Chief Information Officer

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