Most stressful IT jobs in South Africa

MyBroadband’s IT Jobs Stress survey has revealed that networking professionals, project managers, and general managers have the most stressful jobs.

The IT Jobs Stress survey was conducted in partnership with Between the Lines Consulting, who are experts in South African market research.

The survey asked South African IT professionals to rank the various stress factors of their jobs – including workload, working hours, time, pressure, responsibility, and organizational issues.

The survey was completed by 1,370 local IT professionals and executives, who indicated they experience a lot of stress at work.

The infographic below shows the stress levels of IT professionals in South Africa, calculated as the average of the various stress factors they face.

Stress level of IT jobs

About the survey

Here are the prominent demographics of the South African IT professionals who completed the survey.

IT Jobs Survey Demographics (n = 1,370)
Job type Percentage Age Percentage
Programming, software development 26% 21 to 30 35%
Tech support (helpdesk, IT technician) 14% 31 to 40 42%
Management 13% 41 to 50 16%
Systems administration 12% 51 to 60 5%
Analyst, consultant 9% Over 60 1%
Project management 4% Company size Percentage
Networks 4% Under 10 15%
Sales, marketing 3% 10 to 100 32%
Security 2% 101 to 1000 24%
Database design and administration 2% Over 1000 30%
Internet, e-commerce, website management 2% Job level Percentage
Design (website design, graphic and multimedia design) 1% Administrative 2%
Education, training, research 1% Middle management 21%
Communications, writer, media 1% Professional 51%
Other 5% Support (tech support, helpdesk) 17%
Top management (CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, director) 10%

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