South Africa's in-demand tech skills, and 8 top-paying IT jobs

The coronavirus pandemic has caused economic turbulence in South Africa, but IT skills are in demand and tech jobs are among the highest paying in the country. Here are the top in-demand tech skills and eight of the top-paying IT jobs in South Africa.

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The coronavirus pandemic is causing a cash crunch for businesses around the world, and enterprises in South Africa are no exception. It appears that retrenchments are on the rise, but the good news for IT is that technology expertise – especially for certain programming, cloud-tech and IT management jobs – is in demand.

Findings in a recent CareerJunction Index report reveal that the sector with the biggest opportunity for employment in South Africa is IT. Software developers are in high demand in South Africa, with more than 1,000 vacancies posted on the CareerJunction portal for professionals with programming skills during May 2020, according to the report. According to the Skills Portal website, software engineers and IT managers are in the top five highest-paying jobs in the country.

The research correlates with findings from the Adzuna Index, from jobs search engine Adzuna, which also suggest that the demand for technical skills is still high and the supply of experienced skills is still scarce in South Africa.

Due to the high demand in specialised IT skills, companies are competing to hire and retain the best talent. According to remote hiring company Codability, the median amount of time it takes to fill a position is 50 days, so in order to scale at an appropriate pace, tech companies are now looking across borders and hiring remotely, with 45 percent of developers working from home at least part of the time.

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