While the demand for IT professionals is increasing, demand for niche skills is high, and driving up salaries in these positions.
- Business intelligence/analytics
Whether it’s the public or private sector, large multinationals or start-up tech businesses, every organisation is using data to drive business decisions. And with data playing such a pivotal role in every business, IT professionals who specialise in BI and analytics are high in demand.
- Application development
Mobile penetration in Africa is growing at an unmatched rate, and to meet this growth in mobile use, businesses in every sector require app developers to build back-end software and also help with customer-facing apps. Expectedly, companies are willing to pay a premium price for IT professionals with proven skills in mobile development.
- Enterprise resource planning
Enterprise resource planning, which is also known as ERP, generally deals with automating and integrating key parts of a company’s functions – which many may assume deals to a large extent with the management of software systems. But beyond that, the ERP function is about understanding how managing the business and understanding how the technology supports the job. To get the job done you’ll need to be a master of many trades, and hold your own. This will require using your expertise and character to explain to top management what works and what doesn’t in operational processes and how to improve the areas where technology fits in.
- Cloud computing
As more and more businesses, do more in the cloud, hiring techies with the knowledge of moving enterprise systems and applications to the cloud has become in demand in many businesses. Because people with these skills are still so rare, the competition for top talent is heating up and in turn, salaries are driven up.
- Data centre management
With the move from data centres to private clouds, businesses need people who can manage the data centres that support theses setups. Companies selling these cloud services are also in need of skilled IT professionals to manage these centres.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro