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South African Businesses Struggle To Find Skilled IT Professionals
22/07/2010 CareerJunction, has released the CareerJunction Index (CJI) Q1 report for the IT Sector. The CJI is an analysis of the online labour market in South Arica and provides detailed insight into the supply vs demand trends of online career seeker talent across 10 industry sectors. Each report measures the availability of talent across various occupations at six different job levels: entry, junior, skilled, senior, management and executive...

The 1Q2010 IT report has revealed that there is a shortage of skilled level IT professionals in South Africa. "This comes as no surprise" say CareerJunction CEO, Kris Jarzebowski, "but the results of the CJI will provide a measure of ability to improve this situation over time". The report suggests that the opposite is true for entry and junior level staff where demand is low but the availability of career seekers at these work levels is significantly larger.

According to Jarzebowski, the good news from these findings, apart from being an accurate measure of performance in building skills over time is that companies can choose the best entry and junior level staff and work on training and developing this talent to the required skill levels. Jarzebowski acknowledges that this approach does not meet and immediate demand to fill skills shortages however, does provide a longer term benefit to all companies and the country at large, as
individually, companies can fulfil their role of helping to up skill and train the talent of the future.

The IT occupations of Development and Software and Business Analysis are, according to the CJI report, the most affected IT occupations where the greatest shortages were identified.

The unbalanced allocation of career seekers for different skill levels substantiates the urgent need for appropriate recruitment solutions in order to meet the need for skilled IT professionals and sustain growth within IT businesses.

Signs of market recovery are putting additional pressure on recruiters and HR professionals to find suitable talent. Jarzebowski believes that retaining valuable staff as well as participating in nationwide skills development programmes is essential to IT businesses at this point. "The lack of skilled professionals is a cause for concern in the Information Technology sector. It is therefore important for companies to up skill their staff and participate in the skills development initiatives which have been made available by the government and private sector. Implementing training initiatives will prove to be a successful and cost-effective solution to businesses in the long run," says Jarzebowski.

The in-depth CJI Information Technology Job Report is now available at www.cji.co.za

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