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Pandemic impact on ICT skills in the spotlight in 2021 ICT Skills Survey
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on ICT skills is expected to be revealed by the 2021 ICT Skills Survey carried out by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), which has now gone live for the first time since 2019.
The survey, an important guide to the state of ICT skills in South Africa, did not take place in 2020 due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic. It is expected that this year’s survey will highlight the changes that have been wrought on ICT skills demand and supply over the past 18 months.
Adrian Schofield, production consultant at the IITPSA and co-author of the JCSE-IITPSA ICT Skills Survey report, says: “The clear message coming out of the past 18 months is that the world of work for everybody has changed. For the ICT skills environment this means two things – the way in which ICTs are used across the board in any working environment has changed, impacting the need for support for people working from home. The other is the ongoing need for developing systems that are appropriate in the Covid-19 world and the ability to manage those systems in a more distributed environment than many organisations – SMBs in particular – are accustomed to.”
Schofield says: “While we cannot predict the outcomes, the 2021 ICT Skills Survey might find the demand for skills remains constant, possibly increasing in some areas; but the way in which people acquire those skills may be changing from the traditional meeting in a fixed environment to learning things on a more remote basis. The travel restrictions do have an impact on the mobility of skills across borders, and we hope to get some indication of how that is affecting our market.”
Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE and co-author of the report, says: “What the Covid-19 pandemic has done has given huge impetus to digital transformation. The acceleration has been huge, so we might be seeing people in different sectors or job descriptions now seeing themselves as digital professionals. An interesting thing that has happened over the last year is that almost all learning has moved from being face-to-face, to virtual. In the past we made a distinction between in-person learning and virtual learning, and it will be interesting to see how this impacts the findings on how companies source and grow skills now.”
The JCSE-IITPSA Skills Survey assesses skills demand and supply from both a corporate and practitioner perspective. Its objective is to identify the most pressing skills needs from the corporate perspective, balanced with the view of current skills capacity of the practitioners and their intentions for future skills development. The questionnaire is in a consistent format to track trends and is published as an on-line survey.
In the corporate survey, the research looks at digital skills shortages and capabilities across key technologies in 20 industry sectors; as well as the ICT skills organisations expect to need in the next 12 months and how organisations plan to meet these needs. In this year’s survey, organisations will also be asked how the Covid-19 pandemic affected skills availability, and what impact the pandemic has had on workforces. The ICT practitioner survey will assess the qualifications practitioners have, their approach to further skills development, and how the pandemic has affected their work.
The two questionnaires are now live and can be accessed here where respondents can register and then login to select either or both of the surveys.
IITPSA announces 2020’s leading lights at virtual President’s Awards event
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) capped an unusual year and its first ever virtual President’s Awards ceremony by naming joint winners of the Visionary CIO of the Year Award this week.
Dr Stanley Mpofu, CIO of the University of the Witwatersrand, and Nomthi Nelwamondo, CIO of Assupol, were jointly recognised as 2020’s Visionary CIO of the Year for their professionalism and excellence, particularly during the challenges of 2020.
Ntuthuko Shezi, serial entrepreneur and innovator, and founder of livestock investment platform Livestock Wealth, was named IT Personality of the Year for 2020. Girl Code, an NPO empowering young girls and women through technology, was named winner of the Social Responsibility/Community Award, and Andre Jacobs, Chief of Product Engineering at IoT.nxt, was winner of the Technology Excellence Award.
Prof. Andre Calitz, Distinguished Professor: Computer Science at Nelson Mandela University, received a Distinguished Service in ICT Award. This accolade is awarded jointly by EngineerIT and the IITPSA and recognises a significant, career length contribution to the ICT profession and / or the ICT Industry.
IITPSA has IP3 accreditation renewed; set to align Code of Conduct with IFIP Code of Ethics
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has achieved the renewal of its International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IP3 accreditation for a further five years.
IFIP’s International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) is a platform to help shape and implement policies to foster professionalism in the global ICT sector.
Moira de Roche, Independent Consultant, IITPSA non-executive director and Social & Ethics Committee Chair, Chair of IFIP IP3, and IFIP Board Director, says the IITPSA completed the process of renewing the accreditation of its professional recognition schemes with flying colours. The IP3 Board approved the recommendation of the Standards and Accreditation Council early in December to extend the accreditation for a further five years unconditionally.
The evaluation process was the first to accredit a SFIA Level 7 designation, recognising the role of Professional CIO (Pr.CIOTM). This designation, a world first at this level, recognises the crucial role played by CIOs in setting and implementing the strategy for enterprises, addressing the needs of the business, the appropriate technology, and the provision of skilled resources to support the integration of technology into the business. This certified designation is specifically aimed at senior practitioners in a CIO (or equivalent) role and was motivated at the request of the CIO Council in South Africa. The Professional Member (PMIITPSA) designation remains appropriate for all other senior practitioners at SFIA Level 5 and above.
Update to ethics code
De Roche notes that the IITPSA Social and Ethics Committee is now set to review the IITPSA’s Code of Conduct to align it with the new IFIP Global Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for the ICT Sector, which is designed as ‘global conscience of the profession’ to serve as the foundation for codes of ethics across digital disciplines and technologies.
“The IITPSA has always had a solid Code of Conduct, however the Social and Ethics Committee has decided to consider updates to the Code using the new IFIP Code as a starting point,” she says. “It is good practice to ensure that Codes of Conduct and Ethics are updated to make sure that ethics and professionalism are embedded throughout every facet of ICT and there are no loopholes.”
De Roche says: “There are now over 180 codes of ethics around the world in the ICT sector alone, and people tend to create their own codes or pick one that suits them. The IFIP Code is a foundation for ethical decision making and an exemplar everyone can align with and add to, to ensure that every system, technology, and process and related-decision making in the sector is considered through an ethical lens.”
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has urged a concerted effort to take digital access to every South African, to support youth development and small business growth.
Speaking at the IITPSA’s first online AGM in 2020, IITPSA President Thabo Mashegoane highlighted the Institute’s focus on the development of young ICT professionals and the need to develop a stronger ICT skills pipeline for the country, as well as to extend digital access to all sectors of society.
IITPSA members voted online to elect and/or re-elect the following non-executive Directors: Ulandi Exner, Admire Gwanzura, Rimmon Kisten, Karel Matthee, Kudzayi Chipidza, Senele Goba, Llewellyn Kearns and John Singh.The IITPSA’s office bearers for the 2020/21 year, elected at a board meeting today, remain unchanged, with Thabo Mashegoane as Board Chairperson and President, Admire Gwanzura as Vice President and Karel Matthee as Treasurer.
The IITPSA National Office has moved!
The Institute has now officially moved to a new office location to accommodate our growth and changing business conditions. Our new address is Unit 4, Probuild Commercial Park, 347 James Crescent, Midrand. The new offices will allow us to offer additional products and services as we move forward and beyond the current worldwide crisis.
While current safety concerns mean that we still have only limited access at our new premises, we look forward to the time, after the COVID-19 crisis, when all lockdown restrictions are lifted and we emerge as a stronger, more vibrant and more engaging organisation.
Did you know that the professional designation of the Institute – PMIITPSA (Professional Member of IITPSA) is registered by SAQA on the National Qualifications Framework? Did you know that all Professional Members commit to an ongoing programme of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for the rest of their professional careers?
Did you know that, if you are an IITPSA Full Member in good standing with:
Two or more years continuous IITPSA membership
A three-year ICT related degree (or equivalent)
More than Eight year’s relevant ICT experience
You may meet the requirements to be awarded the grade and designation of Professional Member?
Response to the COVID 3rd Wave and adjusted Level 4: 28 June 2021
The IITPSA National Offices will initially be closed from Tuesday 29 June 2021 to Friday 09 July 2021 inclusive, with the exception of Wednesdays, 30 June and 07 July 2021, until the situation is safer.
At the same time, we will continue to provide all the applicant and member support, webinars, and other digital interactions that we have been doing, to keep the operations of IITPSA functioning as completely as we can under the circumstances. The team can still be contacted on 011 315 1319 during this time, or via the usual email addresses. Read more
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Carbon and Silicon: The future of humanity in the smart technology era: An IITPSA Special Interest Group – AI & Robotics (SIGAIR) event webinar, 29 July 2021July 29 @ 17:00 - 18:00
August 3 @ 16:30 - 18:00
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