These jobs are in high demand in South Africa right now and can earn you over R100,000 per month.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is seeing rapid job growth and more South Africans are needed, says Margaret Pekelaar, Head of DevOps practice at Altron.

Pekelaar said the ICT sector has become critical to the country’s long-term economic growth and is teeming with job opportunities, but the reality is that qualified candidates are in short supply. With the right qualifications, she says, this makes an ICT qualification an attractive option for South Africans who want to make their mark.

“The recruitment of professionals in this field is severely limited, and many large tech employers are struggling to fill the IT skills gap.” Meanwhile, youth unemployment remains chronic at 65.5%, reflecting a deep mismatch between young people’s skills and the company’s needs, Pekelaar said.

Other sectors in which demand is growing include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, programming, cryptocurrency, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, Pekelaar said.

Currently, the most in-demand skills in ICT/technology, according to Ultron, include:

  • Cloud and cloud migration skills – There are many opportunities for cloud engineers who manage, plan, design, and control cloud workloads, as well as for developers, cloud software engineers, and cloud migration engineers. AWS, Google and Microsoft certifications are in demand as cloud services continue to be integrated into modern business.
  • Data engineering skills – to collect, manage and transform raw data into a format in which they can be analyzed or used for operations.
  • DevOps engineering skills – work throughout the entire software development life cycle from coding to deployment.
  • Java skills – software engineers who can use the Java programming language to develop applications or back-end services.

Pekelaar said the tech industry often requires logical thinking, similar to STEM-related jobs, so having a strong math background is crucial.

“Software development is a deceptively broad field, so it can be harder for companies with special needs to attract people with the right skill set,” said Steven van der Heyden, vice president of development at OfferZen. The employment specialist said that while full stack developers are currently in high demand by South African companies, there is a shortage in the local talent pool.

Similarly, the top five most in-demand languages ​​and skills for South African companies between March and April 2022 are C#, Python, JavaScript, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Angular, all technologies that are widely used in South Africa. “This can make it difficult to find the right people,” van der Heyden said.

global competition

The pandemic has led more companies to move to digital products and services and to work remotely, which has increased the demand for software developers. The global shift meant that companies had to diversify their talent pools from regional to global talent pools. As a result, international companies are increasingly looking to South African software developers as an excellent source of talent, notes OfferZen.

“It’s getting even more difficult that many companies are looking for developer talent in the wrong places. Finding great developers is hard, but if you’re looking in the same city and on the same channels as everyone else, it’s unlikely you’ll find great people who can make an impact on your team.”

The number of developers wishing to leave South Africa to work abroad has changed since the pandemic, according to the State of Developer Country 2022 report, OfferZen reports. Over the past three years, the number of South African developers looking to move overseas has dropped by 14%.

Bridging the gap

While most software developers traditionally have a four-year university education, van der Heijden pointed to the growth in technical training courses as a way to fill gaps in technical skills.

Coding training courses offer accelerated, concentrated training in specific technical skills, such as data science, with graduates who can move straight into junior-level positions in technology. Companies that want to hire software developers that keep this in mind and expand their selection criteria to include training courses are more likely to find the right candidate.”

Van der Heyden cautioned that companies that don’t go beyond the usual channels and talent pools simply won’t be able to hire talented developers. “Gone are the days of posting job openings on your website and submitting multiple requests to LinkedIn to find the perfect developer. Gone are the days when you could reject someone on your list because they didn’t fit into your existing culture of private school friends and elite university graduates.”


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