With IT job vacancies continuing to climb as companies struggle to recruit and obtain critical skills in South Africa, there is an opportunity to upskill or reskill individuals to meet this demand.
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) kicks into gear and more companies speed up their digitisation strategies due to the global pandemic, now is the time to add these scarce skills to your resume to ensure employability and career advancement in the sector.
Prudence Mabitsela, founder and managing director of Dynamic DNA, a training and skills development company empowering Africa’s ICT generation, believes these skills are needed to build the economy of South Africa and to close the digital skills and gender divide in the country.
“There are many opportunities in a variety of industries not just the IT sector,” said Mabitsela. “Jobs span across banking and financial services, retail, Fintech, government, legal, logistics and many more. It is imperative that both learnerships and upskilling or reskilling of existing employees are prioritised so that we can close the digital divide.”
“It is important to ensure that these courses are aligned with the MICT SETA qualifications framework and provided by an accredited training provider,” she advises. “This ensures that you receive quality education given by qualified lecturers with a certificate that is internationally recognised.”
One way that Mabitsela believes individuals can take advantage of this skills demand is to take specialised, certified courses which can range from one year to a few months in duration for one qualification and depending on the course, and with the advancement of technology many of these can be done online.
Here are the top 6 most in-demand IT jobs in the country and the skills you need to get ahead:
1. Software developer
Developer salaries vary greatly and can be viewed here. GP R48,442 to R65,604 p.m.
WC R45,012 to R56,685
KZN R42,755 to R55,882
There are key skills required in software development today that are worth investing in to ensure that your career stays on track,” said Mabitsela. “Cloud computing is one that everyone should add to their CV in 2021 as more companies move their environments into the Cloud. That means learning platforms like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform will be highly beneficial for your career.
“Other skills include upskilling on version control tools such as Git and SVN; containers and tools like Docker and Kubernetes; Des such as VSCode and for Java Programmers, Eclipse, NetBeans, and IntelliJ. If you only know one database programming language, then adding a few more is critical in 2021 because this will keep you ahead of the competition.” 2. Computer Network and Systems Engineer
The average salary for Systems Engineer is R525,000 per year in Johannesburg, while the typical engineer can earn around R30,000 per month. Systems / Network Administration jobs pay the following:
GP R35,265 to R47,947 p.m.
WC R30,133 to R43,256
KZN R25,920 to R30,640 In the interconnected world we find ourselves in, computer networking skills are increasingly in demand, said Mabitsela.
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