South Africa has one of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) markets in Africa. It shows global technological leadership in the mobile software field, security software, and electronic banking services and is an increasingly important contributor to South Africa’s GDP.
When Covid became a reality and we went into lockdown, the ICT sector boomed. Generally, South Africa has seen a balance between online retail, services and experiences with brick and mortar stores also servicing a large part of the country. But the pandemic forced businesses and consumers online and created a shift towards an online world that isn’t likely to disappear. It will only grow and evolve as time moves on.
According to the International Trade Administration, the South African government will embark on an extensive skills development program to train one million young people by 2030 in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud computing and Networking. This means that a clear path has been marked for these technological advances in South Africa, and as a result – Africa. So for youngsters thinking about their future and considering what to study, this article might give you some insight. And if you’re already in the industry and are thinking about your growth path, you might find some insights too.
The big spenders in this sector are the banks and financial institutions. As more South Africans are going online and joining the formal markets, the retail banks are competing against each other to grow their digital platforms, offerings while constantly looking at ways to improve their online security measures. This industry has driven massive innovation globally in the internet and mobile banking field, with excellent solutions on offer.
Careers/Jobs in the ICT Sector:
Business analysts work with organizations to help them improve their processes and systems (Usually in digital space). They conduct research and analysis to develop solutions to business problems and help introduce these systems to businesses and their clients.
A solutions architect is responsible for evaluating an organization’s business needs and determining how IT can support those needs by leveraging software, hardware, or infrastructure. Aligning IT strategy with business goals has become paramount, and a solutions architect can help determine, develop, and improve technical solutions in support of business goals.
Employers may use the term “software developer” interchangeably with “software engineer”. However, be aware that a “software engineering” job might specifically require you to apply engineering principles to software creation. Professionals in software development create and build out software. They provide detailed instructions and guidelines for the programmers who write the code. Occasionally, developers will code themselves.
Cyber Security Specialist
Cyber security specialists protect the security of computer systems and networks. They need broad technical knowledge since security is an essential consideration across most parts of a modern computer system. An IT-related degree is usually required for cyber security specialist jobs. Experience is critical for all but graduate or assistant positions, and certifications may give you a substantial advantage over other applicants.
These professionals develop insight and gain information through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. They work for businesses and other types of organizations, identifying and helping to solve problems. As a data analyst, you’ll use programming and computer software skills to complete statistical data analysis.
A data scientist is in the same broad career stream as a data analyst (see above). Perhaps the main difference is that data scientists use advanced programming skills more routinely. They don’t just gain insights from data but also build complex behavioural models using big data.
Database administrators (DBAs) handle database security, integrity, and performance. They ensure data standards are consistent, data is accessible by users as needed, and they solve any user problems. These professionals might also be involved in database planning and development.
Hardware engineers (also referred to as computer hardware engineers) oversee the manufacture and installation of computer systems, servers, circuit boards, and chips and the testing of equipment. They also work with routers, printers, and keyboards.
Network engineers design and set up networks. Duties may include placing physical equipment, setting up electronic equipment needed to activate equipment, and determining the appropriate antenna to ensure the best possible coverage.
As the ICT sector continues to grow and more South Africans move online, there will be a demand for qualified, experienced and innovative candidates that are ready to roll with new technologies into the future.
We always have vacancies in this sector as the demand is growing, you can look at them here. Or submit your CV so we can keep your details on file should a vacancy become available.