Top IT Issues for Employers of South African Graduates

  • Jean-Paul Van BelleEmail author
  • Brenda Scholtz
  • Kennedy Njenga
  • Alexander Serenko
  • Prashant Palvia
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 963)


Technology trends and challenges in industry today are pressurising higher education institutions to rethink their curricula design, particularly for IT programmes. The World IT Project was designed to examine important issues confronting IT employers in many parts of the world. The purpose of this paper is to critically analyse the findings of a survey of South African IT employees, particularly related to the top technical and organisational IT issues faced by IT management and other IT staff. The results obtained were compared to those previously reported in earlier years, and to those of other countries that participated in the World IT Project. We found that the top technical and organisational issues in South Africa are not necessarily those receiving the most hype; rather, bread-and-butter issues such as reliable, efficient IT infrastructure or enterprise application integration are key concerns: issues often receiving insufficient attention in our academic curricula. Another important finding with educational policy implications is that the IT skills shortage is of much higher priority in South Africa than in the developed world; this highlights the need for additional resources in IT education.


IT issues SA employers IT curricula IT skills shortage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for IT and National DevelopmentUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Computing SciencesNelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Applied Information SystemsUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  4. 4.Faculty of Business AdministrationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  5. 5.Information Systems and Supply Chain ManagementUniversity of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

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