Skills are still in short supply in both the broad IT industry and the telecommunications sector.
These are the conclusions of research from Career Junction, which has released its CJI Job Reports on the IT industry and on telecommunications.
According to Career Junction, labour supply as well as labour demand positions the IT industry as one of the foremost industry sectors in the online recruitment market.
Online labour supply in the IT profession has increased slightly during the third quarter of 2009 while demand for IT professionals decreased by 26,63%, which has eased recruitment conditions.
The IT sector is currently experiencing an array of challenges, it adds, including an imbalance of labour supply and demand across the various occupational fields, job types as well as across skill level categories in the IT profession.
There is a major demand for skilled and senior level IT professionals which leads to more difficult recruitment – currently, 88,97% of the posted job adverts require skilled and senior level candidates, while the current labour force represents only 59,34% of skilled and senior level labour.
The report states that the imbalance of supply and demand within the various skill level categories is a major concern, particularly in the occupational fields of: development and software; software testing; and business analysis.
On analysis of the distribution of labour supply and demand across the various job types in the IT sector, findings also reveal an imbalance. These create difficult recruitment for certain professionals.
Further research reveals a great demand for IT professionals in specific areas throughout South Africa. These generate the need for a big supply pool and very often experience skills shortages.
The skills gaps demand urgent recruitment solutions to sustain economic growth within the IT markets, according to the reports. This is particularly important for when markets revive and demand for skilled labour increases.
CJI Job Report on Telecommunication seveals skills shortages in various occupational fields in the sector.
Labour demand decreased by 9% during the third quarter of 2009 while the level of telecommunication professionals remained much the same. The drop in labour demand has eased recruitment conditions.
Due to an imbalance of labour supply and demand across the various occupational fields as well as across skill level categories in the telecommunication profession, however, recruitment is difficult for certain skills and professionals at certain levels.
According to the report, 18,74% of the potential labour force in the professional field of telecommunication falls under the entry- and junior-level categories. Demand in these skill level categories, however, is very low (below 10%), creating an oversupply of career seekers.
On the other hand, there is a major demand for skilled and senior level candidates in the telecommunication profession, which leads to more difficult recruitment. Currently, 83,15% of the posted job ads require skilled and senior level candidates – however potential career seekers represent only 51,63% of the skilled and senior level labour.
The imbalance of supply and demand within the various skill level categories is a major concern, particularly in the occupational fields of: Web administration and design; GSM engineering; and fibre optics