ICT employers and professionals invited to have their say in 2019 Skills Survey

Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), are calling on ICT employers and practitioners to participate in a survey of skills trends in the South African ICT sector.

The tenth edition of the survey aims to gain a clear understanding of the ICT skills landscape in South Africa by identifying current skills priorities and gaps in the sector to assist business leaders and policy makers to develop strategies for growing and retaining digital skills.

Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the JCSE

Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the JCSE

“Companies frequently highlight the scarcity of ICT skills as a major concern and business risk. Any strategy, either within a company or within the country, needs to be based on accurate data. Our skills survey provides such data and should be a very useful resource to anyone thinking about ICT skills in relation to strategic intention,” says Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the JCSE.

“The availability of appropriate skills is a critical factor in the development and growth of the ICT sector, therefore we believe it is important to carry out regular assessments of the skills landscape, to help us shape future public and private sector skills development and education programmes,” says Tony Parry, CEO of IITPSA. “The JCSE-IITPSA Skills Survey in 2018 delivered valuable insights into South African ICT skills supply and demand, and we look forward to the outcome of the 2019 research.”

The 2019 survey invites all ICT employers and professionals to participate –whether these practitioners obtained their skills formally or on the job, work from home or in a corporate environment, and irrespective of their role or position.

Two sets of survey questionnaires, a corporate survey for organisations that employ ICT professionals and an individual survey for ICT professionals, can be found on the Survey Centre website https://goo.gl/FY8ERT. All information provided is held confidentially and is only used for the purposes of the research survey.

“Over the past decade we’ve seen very clear shifts in the demand for skills that keep pace with changing trends in the ICT sector. We’ve also seen that South African ICT professionals are far more multi-skilled than their counterparts in other countries,” says Dwolatzky.

Last year’s edition of the JCSE-IITPSA Skills Survey revealed the need for more investment in teaching and training and the urgent need to move plans from discussion to execution despite unfavourable economic conditions.

“A question introduced in both surveys this year relates to how corporates and individuals feel about ICT jobs and skills of the future and where the emerging ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ is having the biggest effect,” adds Dwolatzky.

“This year, we expect there will be specific skills that are in very short supply. I also hope to see both corporates and individuals take a more long-term view and think strategically about new skills and re-skilling existing staff.”

The cut-off date for responses to the ICT Skills Survey is 7 August 2019.

About the IITPSA
IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa), formerly Computer Society South Africa (CSSA), is a professional body, recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Established in 1957, the Institute has a long and proud history of service to, and representation of, South Africa’s ICT professionals and practitioners, attracting a broad and active membership from all levels of the ICT Industry.

About the JCSE
The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) is a three way partnership between government, academia and industry. Based at Wits University, the JCSE is multifaceted with various programmes and facilities positioning it as a focal point of a software development industry for South Africa and the rest of the continent.

The JCSE strongly supports the City’s “Joburg 2030 Vision”, which sees Johannesburg becoming a World Class city with service delivery and efficiencies that meet global best practice. It supports this goal by promoting best practice in software development within an African context; growing the country’s capacity to deliver world class software; and developing research and training initiatives to strengthen the local software development industry.