The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it some unexpected benefits for the South African ICT sector, including increased productivity and the potential for employers to reduce their operating costs.
This is one of the findings in the first South African ICT Skills Survey to be carried out since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA).
The JCSE-IITPSA ICT Skills Survey assesses skills demand and supply from both a corporate and practitioner perspective, to identify the most pressing skills needs and current skills capacity. The 2021 edition of the survey also set out to assess the impact the pandemic has had on ICT skills in South Africa.
The report’s co-authors, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the JCSE, and Adrian Schofield, production consultant at the IITPSA, report that the survey uncovered the pandemic’s impact on the work environment, prospects for a Gig economy, and developments in ICT skills development to meet local business needs.
The full results will be released by the report’s co-authors at an online launch event on 28 September at 12h00.