Top 8 scarce IT skills in South Africa

The CareerJunction Index (CJI) report for July 2016 was published recently, showing that skilled IT professionals are in high demand in the country.

According to the report, programmers and software developers are at the top in terms of market demand. There is a strong demand for programmers with .Net or C# skills.

Although not as recent as the CJI, the Media, Information and Communications Technology (MICT) SETA’s priority skills list provides a good overview of scarce IT skills in South Africa.

Each year, the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) gathers data on scarce skills.

The MICT SETA compiles a scarce skills list through a modelling exercise that ranks priority skills across five sub-sectors.

In compiling the top scarce skills, the following was considered:

  • Number of times an occupation is identified as scarce in the WSP submission.
  • Occupations identified as scarce skills per sub-sector during interviews.
  • Reasons for scarcity given during the survey.

The table below lists the MICT SETA top 8 scarce skills across the MICT SETA sub-sectors.

Top 8 Scarce IT Skills
Occupation Specialisation
Multimedia Designer Digital Media Designer
Instructional Designer
Interactive Media Designer
Multimedia Artist
ICT Systems Analyst Capacity Planner
Computing Computer Analyst
ICT Business Systems Analyst
ICT Systems Advisor
ICT Systems Architect
ICT Systems Consultant
ICT Systems Contractor
ICT Systems Coordinator
ICT System Designer
ICT Systems Specialist
ICT Systems Strategist
Internet Consultant
Specialist LAN / WAN Consultant
Specialist Systems Programmer
Software Developer Information Architect
Software Architect
Software Designer
Software Engineer
ICT Risk Specialist
Developer Programmer Applications Developer
ICT Developer
ICT Programmer
Multimedia Specialist Animation Programmer
Computer Games Programmer
Digital Media Specialist
Graphical Programmer
Multimedia Developer
Multimedia Programmer
Computer Network and Systems Engineer Communications Analyst (Computers)
Computer Network Engineer
Computer Systems Integrator
Computer Systems / Service Engineer
Network Engineer
Network Programmer / Analyst
Network Support Engineer
Systems Engineer
Systems Integrator
ICT Customer Support Officer
Computer Network Technician Network Support Technician
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist Engineering Technician (Telecommunications)

Hat tip to John Recruit for the link to the list.

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