Johannesburg - Job portal, Careers24 has reported a 154% increase, year-on-year, in the number of IT, tech and telecoms jobs posted on the platform.
The IT, tech and telecoms sectors were also responsible for 32% of all jobs posted on the site during the second quarter of this year.
“Interestingly, the stats also show a 30% decline in applications for jobs in this sector, meaning that candidates are being more selective due to the increase in available jobs. This will put pressure on companies working in this space to make themselves more appealing to the candidates through strategic employer branding and a keen understanding of what candidates are looking for in the workplace,” Careers24 said.
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During a media briefing on Tuesday, Vodacom Group chief technology officer Andries Delport said that investment in IT had increased in recent years at the company, with more investment expected to be made.
“IT is becoming a far more import investment. IT investment at Vodacom has increased to between 50% to 60% in the past five years and it is going to become more important going into the future,” Delport said.
Other significant trends reported by Careers24 were:
• 125% increase in job postings in the government and parastatal sectors, which was met with a 75% decrease in applicants per job; again showing that candidates could be selective;
• Engineering remained steady with a 1% increase in job postings and the candidates were eager to apply with an average of over 22 applicants per posting;
• Banking and insurance showed good growth with a 30% increase in posts;
• Finance and accounting also remained fairly steady with a marginal 2% increase in posts;
• The most buoyant sector was office, admin and call centres, which showed a high, above-average of 88 applicants per job post.