South Africa continues to have a serious specialised ICT skills gap. For the more skilled people salaries are growing but the skills gap if anything has increased. This limits the ability for enterprises to kick off projects and could even depress the hiring of more junior IT staff as there are not enough resources to mentor them.
Adrian Schofield of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) said that our education system and enterprises are failing to deliver sufficient higher end ICT skills. 1.2 million people enter the basic education system each year and only 25% emerge with a Matric. South Africa needs to invest more in basic education to increase the number of Matrics that are capable of entering tertiary education.
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