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ICT skills shortage shock
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Posted by: adrian on Thursday, September 18, 2008

[ Johannesburg, 17 September 2008 ] - Research has found the Department of Labour (DOL) has underestimated, by almost half, how many ICT skills are needed in South Africa.

The results of an ICT skills survey, conducted by ITWeb and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), were released in Sandton yesterday.

“The survey suggests the ‘real' skills shortage going into 2009 can be as high as 70 000 practitioners – more than 25% of the current workforce,” said Adrian Schofield, manager of the Applied Research Unit, JCSE, at Wits University.

The DOL issued the National Master Scarce Skills list in April, indicating the ICT sector needed 37 565 IT professionals to ensure adequate skills in this sector.

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The skills in highest demand now, according to the survey, are process management, business intelligence and knowledge management, business analysis and systems analysis. These are followed by project management, systems design and architecture, and configuration management. 



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