The November 2011 CareerJunction Index (CJI), which represents online labour dynamics in South Africa, showed the third consecutive monthly decline in IT jobs in South Africa.
The CareerJunction Index provides analysis on the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market. The CJI is based on data gathered from the CareerJunction website.
According to the November 2011 CareerJunction Index, recruiting skilled Information Technology professionals remains difficult, with only 8 applicants per advertised position.
It was much easier to find telecommunications professionals with an average of 34 applications per advertised vacancy.
Decline in number of jobs
The report highlights that while there was a decrease in demand for IT professionals during November 2011, the Information Technology industry continues on a healthy path to recovery.
“Employment within the Information Technology industry remains high, despite an expected drop in job advertising at the end of 2011. The industry took a positive turn during the third quarter of this year, following a period of continuous decreasing labour demand,” the report states.
The report further said that competition is high amongst career seekers specialising in Telecommunications. However a spike in job advertising within the Telecommunications industry during the second and third quarters of this year eased conditions. The Telecommunication industry is currently performing well.