The Most Valuable Skills You Need to Get a Job in South Africa Right Now

With increasing technological advancement, employers must identify future skills to ensure a flexible and flexible workplace, according to Zuko Mwab, regional vice president of Salesforce South Africa.

Once a company identifies the necessary but unfilled talent, it can fill in any skills gaps now and in the future. If it is determined that a certain person or department lacks the necessary capabilities, the organization can either implement coaching or training, or acquire people who already have the necessary skills,” Mwaba said.

Salesforce has provided a list of core and social skills to ensure that the country’s workforce is up to the task of future employment.

Most Valuable Soft Skills

While the required skills vary by company, department, or employee, some are universally valuable, including:

  • Creativity: Artificial intelligence and machine learning are automating many administrative processes, freeing up human employees to focus on creative problem solving. As a result, creativity is a critical skill for a future-proof business.
  • BeliefA: Having a great product or idea is a start, but you still need customers to buy it. Persuasion is the most important method for making your ideas and products competitive.
  • Cooperation: Digital transformation is creating more complex and global projects, making collaboration an essential tool for success. Employees must be able to work in a collaborative environment with both in-house and remote team members.
  • adaptability: Businesses are undergoing rapid technological transformation; so flexible employees are important. You need teams that can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing business environment without sacrificing efficiency.
  • Time management: time management is a tool that will remain relevant no matter what the future holds. Employees who master time management are essential to business success now and in the future.

Most Valuable Hard Skills

As the workplace becomes more connected and digital, your employees will need sophisticated skills, including:

  • Cloud computing: Cloud computing is becoming a mainstay of many companies, so more and more executives are looking for engineers with skills in this area.
  • Artificial intelligence: Artificial intelligence for business is growing and changing. AI-skilled employees are a vital asset for businesses looking to transition or adopt more AI-enabled business tools.
  • AV production: Videos dominate consumer internet traffic, and marketing leaders are looking for employees with audio and video production skills to increase the effectiveness of their marketing efforts.
  • Sales Leadership: Sales leadership will always be an in-demand skill, no matter how technology changes business in the future.
  • Translation: The transition to a global, collaborative workplace requires teams from different cultures and languages ​​to work together. Having employees who are fluent in two or more languages ​​helps break down these barriers.
  • UX designA: User experience is a valuable part of the overall customer experience and the key to building a loyal customer base. More and more companies are looking for employees with experience in UX design to provide the best experience possible.
  • Mobile Application Development: The move to mobile-centric platforms has created a demand for employees with mobile app development skills to build and maintain apps that provide a better customer experience.
  • Analytic reasoning: Businesses collect massive amounts of data, but this is only useful if it can be analyzed for trends and insights to make informed decisions. Companies are looking for employees who can analyze data and use it to develop data-driven strategies.

IT and technical skills

For businesses to be successful, people need to have information and communication technology (ICT) skills, says Prudence Matebula, founder and managing director of Dynamic DNA, an ICT skills training and development company.

“The accelerated demand for cloud skills is a direct result of the pandemic, which has forced a shift towards distance learning and remote work,” Matebula says.

This growing demand, combined with South Africa’s official unemployment rate rising by 0.4 percentage points to 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021, provides an opportunity to narrow the gap between skills and opportunities, especially for South African youth.

Jessica Hawkey, Managing Director of redAcademy, said that when considering the unprecedented levels of unemployment the country is currently facing, one of the main things to highlight is the mismatch between skills and available opportunities.

“The staggering lack of opportunities for youth skills development and the current lack of IT skills around the world could be a real opportunity for South Africa,” Hokey said.

The following skills are in demand in connection with the development of ICT in business:

  • Cloud Network Engineering
  • Cyber ​​Security Analysis
  • Knowledge of coding languages
  • User Interface Designer
  • Technical Support Specialist

According to the latest Michael Page Market Overview and Hiring InformationJobs based on these skills can average the following:

Systems/Network Engineer

  • Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) R350,000 per year, R29,000 per month.
  • In a multinational corporation (MNC) R550,000 per year, R45,830 per month.

Cyber ​​Security Engineer

  • SME, R750,000 per year. 62500r per month.
  • MNC, 1.2 million rand per year. 100,000 rubles per month.

Software developer

  • Senior Back End and Full Stack Developer at SME, R900,000 per year. 75000r per month.
  • MNC, 1 million rubles per year. R83,300 per month

Technical support manager

  • SME, 600,000 rubles per year. 50,000 rubles per month.
  • MSK, 600,000 rubles a year. 50,000 rubles per month.

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