IT and telecoms jobs in decline in South Africa

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Recruitment activity in Information Technology and Telecoms decline, but some skills still in big demand The March 2011 CareerJunction Index (CJI) Report was released last week, revealing the latest recruitment supply and demand trends in South Africa.

Data for the CJI Report is sourced from the CareerJunction website, where over 800 of South Africa's top recruiters (both agencies and corporate companies) advertise their vacant positions to more than 1.6 million career seekers.

The latest report points to more challenging recruitment conditions in the country and hence more job opportunities for potential career seekers.

The CareerJunction Index spikes to 121.41 points during March 2011, significantly higher than in January and February – good news for employees and bad news for companies looking for skills.

The Information Technology industry experienced a considerable decrease in recruitment activity over the last 12 months.

The industry is not performing well in terms of recovery as demand for labour continues to decrease during the first quarter of 2011.

Some IT skills are however still in demand. The latest CJI Information Technology job report reveals a shortage of Software Developers, Software Testers and Business Analysts.

Recruitment activity has also slowed down considerably within the Telecommunication sector since the onset of the economic downturn.

The South African industry is still experiencing a decrease in recruitment activity and lags behind in terms of recovery.

The Telecommunication sector however did reveal skills shortages in the fields of Web Administration & Design and GSM Engineering.