Author: Christelle du Toit
Wanted: 37 565 ICT workers[In The Know]
IT skills high on government's first master skills shortage list
The first National Master Scarce Skills List for SA indicates the country has a critical shortage of nearly 40 000 ICT workers.
Last week, the Department of Labour (DOL) released the master list, in which ICT features prominently as one of the most-needed skills in the country.
Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has said government will "aggressively" target the ICT skills shortage through a number of interventions, because the ICT skills shortage is seen as one of the binding constraints on the country's development, as identified under the deputy president's Accelerated and Shared Growth-SA initiative.
The national master skills list was drawn up by the DOL by combining information from various sector education and training authorities, with information from national government departments.
It found that within the ICT field, ICT managers, software and applications programmers, and ICT network and support professionals are in high demand, all requiring more than 6 000 people to satisfy current demand.
The total figure of professional ICT workers needed is 37 565 and covers areas as diverse as sales, human resources and technical workers.
The DOL says the list is intended to help it with the creation of skills development interventions and to serve as a guide for the Department of Home Affairs to draw up quota lists for foreign nationals with the relevant skills.
The National Master Scarce Skills List for SA identifies the following critical ICT needs:
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