How Zuma and friends are killing IT jobs in South Africa

There has been a decline in IT jobs in South Africa in 2017, which accelerated after President Jacob Zuma fired Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas in March.

Even before Zuma’s disastrous cabinet reshuffle, the local economy was struggling.

The economy moved into recession with a reported decrease of 0.7% in GDP during the first quarter of 2017, following a 0.3% contraction in Q4 2016.

The effect of the economic decline on IT jobs in South Africa is clearly visible, with a decrease in the number of jobs since the beginning of the year.

According to the latest CareerJunction Index report, recruitment has slowed significantly within the finance, ICT, and engineering sectors over the past year.

The Index represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing an analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market.

While some IT skills are still in demand – especially programmers – there is a clear downward trend in IT jobs over the last seven months.

This comes at a time when the international demand for IT jobs continues to increase.

The chart below shows the volume trends for IT job adverts published on the CareerJunction website over the past 12 months.

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