IT and Telecoms Jobs: Latest trends revealed

The CareerJunction Index (CJI) Report for December 2010 was released last week, revealing the latest recruitment supply and demand trends in various industries.

The CJI data is sourced from the CareerJunction website, where over 800 of the country’s top recruiters (both agencies and corporate companies) advertise their vacant positions to more than 1.6 million career seekers.

Information Technology

According to the report, South Africa’s Information Technology sector experienced the biggest decreasing in online labour demand of all industries surveyed. “Employment activity in the IT industry has slowed down notably since April,” the CJI report states.

“The Information Technology is not recovering well from the economic downturn and is still showing signs of decreasing demand. An annual analysis of online employment activity reflects a decreasing trend of 15.66%.”

Despite the slowdown in demand for IT professionals, there is still a big shortage in qualified IT staff with less than 7 potential career seekers per job advert. This indicates a shortage in IT professionals and hence difficult recruitment conditions.

“Engineering and Information Technology industries currently display difficult recruitment conditions. Demand for these skills are significantly high, however supply of labour is very limited,” the CJI report states.

The CJI’s latest quarterly Information job report reveals a shortage of Software Developers and Software Testers as well as Business Analysts within the South African Information Technology sector.

Telecommunications

The outlook for companies looking to recruit staff is more favourable for the telecommunications industry, with an average of 27 applicants per position, translating into ‘easy recruitment’ conditions.

“Despite an increase in employment activity from the first to second quarter of 2010, overall levels of labour demand in the telecommunications industry are down by 18.20% since the beginning of 2010,” the CJI report says.

The Telecommunication sector also currently boasts a large supply pool and therefore easy overall online recruitment.

The telecommunications sector is however short of talent within specific occupations, including Web Administration & Design and GSM Engineering.

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