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|
|Multimedia Designer||Digital Media Designer
Interactive Media Designer
|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
Specialist LAN / WAN Consultant
Specialist Systems Programmer
|Software Developer||Information Architect
ICT Risk Specialist
|Developer Programmer||Applications Developer
|Multimedia Specialist||Animation Programmer
Computer Games Programmer
Digital Media Specialist
|Computer Network and Systems Engineer||Communications Analyst (Computers)
Computer Network Engineer
Computer Systems Integrator
Computer Systems / Service Engineer
Network Programmer / Analyst
Network Support Engineer
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.