Top IT skills in South Africa

ActiveTechPros released their latest IT Salary and Skills Report recently, revealing that people skilled in application development and “consulting and business services” are the best paid IT professionals in South Africa.

The latest report, which is published annually, compiled a set of salary data based on aggregated data from 179 South African IT professionals from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.

According to the report, IT professionals skilled in enterprise applications, application development and consulting and business services have an average annual salary exceeding R400,000.

The most prevalent skill among local IT professionals was “desktops and software”, which unsurprisingly also meant that these users earned less than people with more sought after skills.

The following table provides an overview of the top IT skills in South Africa and the salaries associated with these skills.

Top 10 IT Skills
% of Respondents IT Skills Average Annual Salary
54.75% Desktops/Software R330,726
50.84% Operating Systems R350,251
50.28% System Administration R351,776
49.72% Servers/Networking R340,230
31.84% Infrastructure Management R386,687
30.73% Application Development R413,354
30.73% Database Management R391,749
30.17% Enterprise Applications R427,140
30.17% IT Security R378,394
29.61% Consulting and Business Services R411,480

When it comes to certifications, the ever popular A+ Certification was the most prevalent in South Africa.

Top 10 Professional Certifications
Rank Certification % of Respondents
1 A+ Certification 13.9%
2 Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) 12.1%
3 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) 10.8%
4 Network + 9.3%
5 Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) 5.6%
6 Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) 4.3%
7 Project Management (PMP) 3.4%
8 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 3.4%
9 IBM certification 3.1%
10 Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) 2.5%

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