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SA IT sector faces severe skills gap
« on: January 27, 2007, 10:52:28 am »
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January 25, 2007

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng

Johannesburg - South Africa is facing a severe shortage of networking skills, with shortages estimated at 70 500 skilled people in 2005 and expected to swell to 113 900 by 2009, an IT company director said.

Peter Denny, a director of black-empowered IT training company IT Intellect, on Wednesday said a survey, conducted by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and sponsored by Cisco - has pointed out some "alarming shortages in the networking field".

The report said that the skills gap, as a proportion of demand, is expected to increase from 19.5 percent to 24.1 percent by 2009.

"When it comes to general networking technology skills - basic routing and switching - the report estimates that the actual number of skilled people needed to fill the general skills gap was around 34 000 in 2005, growing to more than 44 000 by 2009”, Denny said.

According to IDC, as a proportion of total demand, these figures represent a skills gap of 15.9 percent in 2005 and 18.2 percent in 2009.

For advanced technology skills - security, wireless and IP telephony - estimates indicated a shortage of more than 36 000 people in 2005 and, by 2009, this will rise to more than 69 000, representing a skills shortage gap of 30.4 percent, IT Intellect said in a statement.

"What is more alarming is that the respondents believe that advanced technology skills will become more important in the future. Networking technology is critical when it comes to supporting business processes - so this estimated skills shortage is a big worry for business at large," said Denny.

Denny said that chief information officers interviewed said they use networks as a key platform to share processes with important partners, suppliers and customers. In addition, when they were asked if network communications would become more important in the future in South Africa, 95 percent said yes.

"We obviously need to train more networking candidates. But it is probably going to be necessary for us to import these skills because I do not see this skills shortfall being overcome. As the report suggests, it might also be necessary for the country - and companies - to try and lure back skilled South Africans who left the country for 'greener pastures',” Denny said.

He added that these South African nationals were likely to return with a lot more skills than when they left.

The IDC report also noted that the purported skills gap was going to have a serious impact on the government's Asgisa growth initiative. - I-Net Bridge

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Re: SA IT sector faces severe skills gap
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2007, 10:55:15 am »
If the government stops discriminating against us and starts to take care of the rampant crime in the country, there wouldn't be a skills crisis.  :tickedoff:

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Re: SA IT sector faces severe skills gap
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2007, 05:03:48 pm »
I'm with you on that one!!!    :tickedoff:
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