(MENAFN Press) New findings address IT professionals' view of the South African IT industry, revealing a severe skills shortage and lack of training initiatives
IDG Connect's study of 130 South African IT professionals, conducted in partnership with IT News Africa, Insource.ICT and Cibecs, shows that 69% agree there is a severe general shortage of IT skills. The majority also believe the whole industry is storing up problems for the future:
-77% do not think that there are good enough opportunities to develop future CIOs
-81% agree SA is losing its best talent overseas
-83% agree many IT employees lack the skills they need in a world moving towards cloud and managed services
-62% disagree that the IT industry as a whole is wisely investing in the next generation
Only 35% agree and 6% strongly agree that they are satisfied with training and development opportunities at their organisation. 50% say it is difficult to acquire the specific skills the South African market requires.
Results also highlight a generally negative view of younger workers with 90% believing that entry level workers have a different work ethic to older employees and 93% saying there is a significant skills gap between entry level and senior IT professionals. On the other side, 52% believe South Africa will be a good place to be an IT professional in five years' time.
Kathryn Cave, Editor at IDG Connect said "These findings suggest the South African IT market has reached a crisis point. Training is urgently needed to nurture core skills. Failure to deliver this could have a massive negative impact on the development of tomorrow's CIOs."