Africa’s high end ICT skills shortfall grows

With a skills shortage of between 20,000 and 70,000 high-end ICT professionals in South Africa alone, business and education must work together to close the gap, say stakeholders.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

ICT shortfall, Africa –  “Dr Brenda Scholtz of NMMU noted that the skills shortage did not cut across all levels of ICT, however. “The shortage is mainly in development, business intelligence, BPO, data analytics, testing and quality assurance, and enterprise architecture,” she said.  –  Meryl Malcomess, Marketing Director at SYSPRO Africa, noted that as an ERP player, SYSPRO believed strongly in the need to develop ERP skills across the continent. “Thanks to mobile, you now see small business people and farmers able to become viable players within the larger supply chain.” However, without ERP skills, the benefits would not be fully realised, she said.”

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