What the SA job scene looks like for developers [Infographic]


In an effort to paint a picture of what the demand and expectations in South Africa’s job world might look like for developers, local developer Eshaam Rabaney recently created this awesome infographic titled The State of Developer Recruitment 2014.

The global economy is gearing more and more towards an information-based network where the demand for skills is crucial for job creation and growth. According to a study done by the World Economic Forum, The Global Information Technology Report 2013, South Africa’s ICT infrastructure is ranked 70th in the world.

“A still-costly access to ICT infrastructure and relatively low levels of skills with low educational attainments and unfavourable business conditions for entrepreneurship and innovation are hindering the region’s capacity to fully leverage the potential of the increasingly available ICT infrastructure,” states the report.

The recent findings below might shed some light on areas in need of greater focus that can help further South Africa’s ICT growth. For instance, both the Western Cape and Gauteng recorded the highest job count of more than 2 000 — representing 90% of SA’s total job demand in the sector. KwaZulu-Natal only punched in a bit more than 300.

C#, Java and PHP are the languages most in demand, together representing 75% of all job ads researched. If you’re planning on studying programming, focus on those.

Furthermore, entry-level positions seem to be lacking, indicating that there might be a lack of adequate orientation of these skills. About three in every four jobs expect developers to have experience of at least three years or more, and a relevant degree.

With the data obtained from jobs portal aggregator, Indeed, Rabaney used information from popular local sites including Burn Media’s Jobsburn, a total of 6081 job ads were indexed between November 2013 and March 2014.

Have a look at the infographic below:

Image via Shane Pope (Flickr)



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