The number of software development and information technology (IT) jobs in South Africa declined in the first three months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.
That’s according to CareerJunction’s Employment Outlook Report for March 2022.
IT remained the top performing job sector in South Africa on the CareerJunction recruitment platform.
However, hiring activity for occupations in this field has declined by 3% over the past three months.
CareerJunction said the drop could be partly attributed to increased emigration with the easing of travel restrictions and the growing trend of “digital nomads” in the IT space.
Regarding compensation in the IT industry, CareerJunction said there were volatile salary trends between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2022.
The graph below shows the distribution of monthly salaries in various IT-related occupations in South Africa.
According to CareerJunction, the top three scarce skills in the IT sector in South Africa are software development, technical or business architecture, and business analysis.
It also provided market-related monthly salaries for various in-demand skills in the IT industry, including:
- Java development skills — Between R44,015 and R64,602
- C# development skills — Between R39,202 and R57,222
- .Net development skills — Between R38,128 and R56,619
- Full Stack Development Skills — Between R36,791 and 59,073
Other interesting statistics from the report included that over 64% of IT job applicants on CareerJunction resided in Gauteng, while 49.3% were willing to relocate for employment.
Notably, 5% of applicants came from abroad, while 0% came from the Northern Cape.
In terms of level of education, 68% of applicants had a tertiary education, with most holding a degree or undergraduate degree.
The image below shows the location of candidates applying for IT jobs across the country.
Other employment sectors in South Africa seeing more concerning declines in hiring activity include the teaching and medical professions, with declines of 8% and 14% respectively.
On the other hand, administrative, office and support positions saw a 17% increase in hiring.
“One reason for this may be that an increasing number of local businesses are reverting to a more office-bound working environment as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease,” CareerJunction explained.
The finance and business management sectors also saw their hiring increase by 10% and 4%, respectively.
Overall, CareerJunction saw an encouraging 39% increase in recruitment activity in South Africa when comparing March 2021 and March 2022.