It should come as no surprise that development and software is at the forefront of South Africa’s IT skills needs, with demand for these skills especialy high along with a shortage of software developers.
This is one of the findings of the CareerJunction Index (CJI), which monitors online employment trends in South Africa, and which has published its third quarter findings on the IT sector.
South African businesses appear to be in particular need of software developers with a strong background in .Net, Java and C#. The high demand for developers with these skills creates a competitive environment for recruiters. On the other hand, it provides career seekers with many job opportunities.
Upon further investigation, the CJI finds that software developers at skilled and senior level are most sought after in terms of job opportunities – although businesses are finding it particularly difficult to fill vacancies of this sort. This is seen predominantly in the regions of Gauteng and the Western Cape.
One possible solution does stand out from the findings, however, with a high concentration of qualified developers residing in other regions of South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Employers and recruiters are therefore encouraged to cast their net wider and look at relocation strategies to fill their positions.