Home Affairs hiring 10,000 IT graduates — Salary and qualification details

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed further details on his department’s digitisation project, which seeks to recruit 10,000 unemployed young graduates.

The minister explained the qualifications needed to apply for employment, relative salaries, and the various stages of the project’s rollout.

“The project will run over a three year period, effective from November 2022 until October 2025,” Motsoaledi said.

He said candidates must have qualifications in Information Technology or Document, Information, and Records Management, acquired from higher learning institutions, including universities, technical colleges, and TVETs.

“Successful youth will be paid a stipend ranging from R5,000 for entry-level positions to R9,500 for Technical Support-level positions and R14,250 for Manager-level positions,” Motsoaledi added.

Successful applicants must sign a three-year contract, which includes a training period.

“Training offered will be relevant to the job for which they are contracted to perform, and continuous learning and development interventions will be provided to enhance their employability and/or allow them to leverage on entrepreneurial opportunities beyond the project,” the minister said.

Motsoaledi explained that the hiring of unemployed graduates would be facilitated by the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), adding that it would follow the phased approach:

  • Phase 1 — intake of 2,000 unemployed youth graduates, for which listings will be made available from 12 August 2022. The cohort will begin their duties on 1 November 2022.
  • Phase 2 — intake of a further 4,000 unemployed youth graduates will begin, with advertisements published in October 2022. The cohort will begin their duties in January 2023.
  • Phase 3 — the final round of recruitment includes the intake of a further 4,000 unemployed graduates. Adverts will go live in December 2022 and January 2023. The cohort will begin their duties in April 2023.

Interested graduates can apply online through the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and DEL websites, while those who do not have access to the Internet can do so at their nearest DEL Labour Centre.

“In this month of women, and to honour the heroines of the 1956 march to the Union Buildings, we wish to announce that 60% of the intake will be of young women and only 40% will be young men,” Motsoaledi added.

The minister explained that the recruitment drive was needed to reduce youth unemployment in the country and digitise over 350 million civic paper records of birth, marriages, deaths, and amendments, most of which are in Gauteng, the North West, and the Western Cape.

“The category of records dates back to 1895, which necessitates care and reliable systems that will bear tolerance for the digitisation purposes,” he added.

The DHA started the process of digitising its records in 2016.

President Cyril Ramaphosa first mentioned the DHA recruitment drive — part of an extension of the Presidential Employment Stimulus programme — during his State of the Nation address in February 2022.

He said the project would help improve young graduates’ skillsets while contributing to the modernisation of citizen services.

The project appears to have been delayed as Motsoaledi initially indicated the first round of new employees would begin their duties in May 2022. This has now been shifted to November.

“Sars was doing the digitisation, but unfortunately, we only had a budget to do 5 million per year,” Motsoaledi said. “At that rate, we were going to take 60 years to get digitised.”

With the new recruitment drive, he said he expects the modernisation of DHA records to be completed within 24 to 36 months, depending on the budget it receives from the National Treasury.

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