Most in-demand tech skills in South Africa — and how much they get paid

Cloud computing, data analysis, and cybersecurity skills are highly sought after in the South African technology sector, according to Michael Page’s 2021 Salary Guide and Hiring Insights report.

Chief Information Officers have the highest earning potential in the industry, with average annual salaries of R1.8 million.

The guide is designed to be a reference for hiring managers and job seekers to make informed employment decisions, covering several disciplines, including the technology industry.

Following 2020, which was challenging for most industries, the report indicates that almost all sectors noticed increased hiring activity throughout 2021.

“We at PageGroup experienced a sharp increase in recruitment assignments compared to the previous year for mid-to-senior management level positions during Q1 2021, and this pace continued throughout the year,” said Paul Newman, Managing Director at PageGroup.

“This would indicate that businesses are in need for strong leadership and skilled candidates with considerable experience to drive business recovery during these challenging and uncertain times.”

While the positive trend in hiring activity was noted across all industries, the healthcare and technology industries noticed the most significant increases.

“Almost all the industries and sectors showed a positive trend in terms of hiring activity, however, the Healthcare and Technology sectors have been the most active and we anticipate for it to continue in the medium term,” Newman said.

Cloud computing skill demands have increased significantly following a drive to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, with employees accessing platforms such as Office 365 and Microsoft Teams hosted on the cloud.

According to PageGroup, companies are pushing to make more data-based decisions, hence a higher demand for Data Analysis and Insights skills and experience.

Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of the work-from-home model as cloud networks become prominent targets for malicious actors.

“The economic outlook for South Africa and Africa remains uncertain with new Covid-19 waves anticipated and slow vaccine rollouts,” Newman said.

“However, what is certain is that with organisations running lean teams, they are looking for top talent to not only lead businesses but perform critical roles within their functions,” he added.

The tables below outline the salary ranges and averages for South African IT professionals across all sectors.

The averages represent total annual salaries.


Information Technology Salaries at South African SMEs

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) R1,200,000 R1,400,000 R1,600,000
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) R1,000,000 R1,100,000 R1,300,000
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,400,000
IT Director R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,400,000
Head of IT R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,400,000
IT Manager R750,000 R800,000 R1,000,000
IT Security
IT Security Manager R700,000 R800,000 R850,000
IT Security Engineer R600,000 R750,000 R800,000
IT Security Analyst R500,000 R650,000 R800,000
Applications
IT Applications Director R950,000 R1,000,000 R1,300,000
Business Applications Manager R700,000 R800,000 R900,000
Applications Developer R300,000 R800,000 R1,200,000
Technical / Functional Consultant R600,000 R900,000 R1,200,000
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer R900,000 R1,100,000 R1,400,000
Business Intelligence Manager R500,000 R800,000 R900,000
IT Business Partner R600,000 R750,000 R900,000
Programme Manager R700,000 R800,000 R900,000
IT Project Manager R500,000 R650,000 R800,000
Senior IT Business Analyst R500,000 R650,000 R800,000
Business Analyst R300,000 R450,000 R600,000
BI Analyst R300,000 R450,000 R500,000
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,600,000
Senior Information Architect R700,000 R850,000 R950,000
Enterprise Architect R800,000 R950,000 R1,100,000
Information Architect R600,000 R700,000 R750,000
Networking
Network Architect R350,000 R650,000 R750,000
Network Manager R450,000 R550,000 R650,000
Network Engineer R200,000 R350,000 R600,000
Network Administrator R350,000 R450,000 R500,000
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect R900,000 R950,000 R1,100,000
Database Administrator R650,000 R800,000 R950,000
Database Developer R400,000 R800,000 R890,000
Data Analytics Manager R750,000 R850,000 R1,000,000
Data Scientist R650,000 R700,000 R850,000
Data Analyst R300,000 R450,000 R600,000
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager R480,000 R600,000 R700,000
IT Support Engineer R350,000 R400,000 R500,000
Application Support Analyst R450,000 R550,000 R750,000
Software Development
Head of Software Development R800,000 R1,000,000 R1,200,000
Senior Sofware Architect R900,000 R1,100,000 R1,600,000
Senior Front End Developer R650,000 R800,000 R1,000,000
Senior Back End Developer R700,000 R900,000 R1,100,000
Senior Full Stack Developer R700,000 R900,000 R1,100,000

Information Technology Salaries at Multinational Corporations

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) R1,600,000 R1,800,000 R3,000,000
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) R1,400,000 R1,600,000 R2,200,000
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) R1,400,000 R1,600,000 R2,400,000
IT Director R1,200,000 R1,600,000 R2,000,000
Head of IT R1,200,000 R1,600,000 R1,800,000
IT Manager R900,000 R1,200,000 R1,400,000
IT Security
IT Security Manager R1,200,000 R1,200,000 R1,500,000
IT Security Engineer R900,000 R1,200,000 R1,400,000
IT Security Analyst R750,000 R800,000 R900,000
Applications
IT Applications Director R1,000,000 R1,300,000 R1,650,000
Business Applications Manager R900,000 R1,100,000 R1,400,000
Applications Developer R400,000 R900,000 R1,100,000
Technical / Functional Consultant R700,000 R850,000 R1,200,000
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer R1,200,000 R1,400,000 R1,600,000
Business Intelligence Manager R1,200,000 R1,400,000 R1,600,000
IT Business Partner R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,800,000
Programme Manager R1,000,000 R1,200,000 R1,800,000
IT Project Manager R800,000 R1,100,000 R1,300,000
Senior IT Business Analyst R800,000 R950,000 R1,300,000
Business Analyst R450,000 R700,000 R900,000
BI Analyst R300,000 R600,000 R800,000
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect R1,500,000 R1,700,000 R2,000,000
Senior Information Architect R700,000 R900,000 R1,200,000
Enterprise Architect R900,000 R1,300,000 R1,800,000
Information Architect R600,000 R750,000 R900,000
Networking
Network Architect R700,000 R900,000 R1,200,000
Network Manager R600,000 R800,000 R1,100,000
Network Engineer R350,000 R550,000 R800,000
Network Administrator R350,000 R500,000 R650,000
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect R1,100,000 R1,300,000 R1,600,000
Database Administrator R650,000 R850,000 R900,000
Database Developer R400,000 R800,000 R950,000
Data Analytics Manager R1,100,000 R1,300,000 R1,500,000
Data Scientist R800,000 R1,200,000 R1,600,000
Data Analyst R500,000 R750,000 R900,000
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager R480,000 R600,000 R700,000
IT Support Engineer R250,000 R400,000 R600,000
Application Support Analyst R450,000 R550,000 R750,000
Software Development
Head of Software Development R1,100,000 R1,300,000 R2,000,000
Senior Sofware Architect R900,000 R1,100,000 R1,600,000
Senior Front End Developer R650,000 R800,000 R1,100,000
Senior Back End Developer R950,000 R1,000,000 R1,400,000
Senior Full Stack Developer R800,000 R850,000 R1,100,000

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