South Africa's 10 highest-paying tech jobs and top 9 IT skills

As the world eyes economic recovery following the disruption caused by COVID, developers, software engineers and data scientists are more in demand than ever before in South Africa. Here are the 10 highest-paying technology jobs in South Africa, and top IT skills sought by businesses,

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The COVID pandemic has given huge impetus to digital transformation and, as a result, the world of work has changed. This rapid transformation means a massive increase in demand for technology professionals to help businesses transition into an economy marked by remote work, an increase in e-commerce, and cloud-oriented IT systems.

About 98% of South African businesses believe that critical technology skills — app development, software engineering, network architecture and data analysis, to name a few — are essential to their ongoing operational success, according to Xpatweb, a South African provider of immigration audit services.

In fact, Xpatweb’s Critical Skills list for 2021 reveals that some businesses are so desperate for technology skills that they are even seeking out qualified, but still inexperienced, technology professionals to fill vacancies. The Critical Skills list for 2021 ranks engineers and technology professionals first and second in terms of skills that businesses are struggling to recruit.

Most sought-after tech skills in South Africa

According to the Skills Survey report, and based on job postings during the last six months on jobs-search site CareerJunction, the most sought after IT professionals include those with skills in:

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