These are the most in-demand jobs in South Africa’s tech sector – here’s what you’ll need to find them
- The Covid-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on most businesses, but those in the tech sector are booming.
- Information and communications technology (ICT), financial services and FinTech companies are scaling up their operations as other companies go digital.
- This has created an increase in the demand for IT workers.
- Some of the most in-demand positions are in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
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South Africa’s tech sector is booming as more companies go digital in a trend that has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This promises well-paying job opportunities, but only for those with the right skills and experience.
While few industries have been untouched by the pandemic, tech companies, from e-commerce companies to cybersecurity companies, have exploded. The Covid-19 pandemic, with its lockdowns and work-from-home instructions, has catapulted digital systems to the fore and forced brick-and-mortar businesses to reassess themselves.
These companies have been rushing to set up digital systems, whether for selling online or enabling remote working, while others already in the tech space are expanding their operations. This has created a strong demand for IT workers, especially among information and communication technology (ICT), financial services and FinTech companies, according to Michael Page, a leading recruiting firm.
” The multinationals [multinational corporations] in ICT and FinTech, and some companies like TakeALot.com and Jumia in the retail industry see technology as a catalyst for their business, and it is these companies that will remain desirable employers for top IT talent ” , says Robyn Stainbank, senior technology consultant for Michael Page in Africa.
A career in tech, besides being in demand, is lucrative, according to Michael Page’s latest Market Overview and Hiring Insights Guide for 2022.
According to the report released earlier in November, average annual salaries range from Rand 350,000 (about Rand 29,000 per month) for a network engineer in a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) up to Rand 3 million (Rand 250,000. per month) for an IT director (CIO) of a multinational.
Cloud computing, which enables the remote delivery and hosting of data storage, servers, databases, networks and software, is in particular demand, according to Page.
The employees best equipped to take advantage of this demand and find employment in cloud computing should have skills and experience in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, DevOps, Docker, and Kubernetes.
“DevOps is a hybrid role that combines software development, operations and quality assurance. Similar IT roles that can combine IT with other critical business skills are needed, ”says Stainbank.
Positions in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, software development, data science and cybersecurity are also in high demand.
“Businesses are going beyond just reporting on data and management information to also using the data for insight, which is essentially the commercialization of that data,” notes Michael’s latest Market Overview and Hiring Insights Guide. Page.
“Companies are developing their capabilities to make more data-driven decisions, and therefore the demand for talent with data-related expertise. “
Cybersecurity, which ensures that systems connected to the Internet are safe and secure, is also a priority for businesses that have had to adapt to remote working. And as employees begin to return to offices, hybrid work models will likely be part of the new normal, coinciding with cybercriminals upping the stakes.
“With more and more people working from home, cloud networks are becoming security targets. Cyber security is a critical issue and companies prioritize recruiting talent with the expertise to put in place safeguards, ”Page explains.
Stainbank adds that to fully meet current and future demand in this sector, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education must be a priority in South Africa.
“Greater efforts must be made to modernize and develop sustainable education programs with an emphasis on innovation, science and technology,” Stainbank said.
(Compiled by Luke Daniel)