Africa’s most wanted jobs: Tech and health staff

Posted on September 15, 2014 11:59 am

It is so important that African countries focus on promoting stronger economic growth as is in the midst of a major economic transformation, moving from mineral and other resources growth to broader-based drivers of activity in non-resources sectors. According to various studies, during this transition, economies in Africa are expected to grow slightly above trend, with significant increase in mining investment expected to be strengthening in the resources sector of the economies with Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda expected to be the key beneficiaries.Productivity growth is critical to sustaining Africa’s living standards. Put simply, growth in productivity means that more or better quality goods and services are generated from the available resources available which will also create job opportunities. A research by an American company has revealed that it’s often you see people in Africa who are very well paid are also seeking a career change because they are not satisfied or want a new challenge but lowly paying jobs are scarce with retail assistants being the most overcrowded. Over the five years to 2019, there will be 77,500 new jobs for retail assistants, according to the figures from research, making it one of the highest jobs growth of any occupation.

Clothing and household goods retailers are expected to be the hungriest for staff. Retail has become the perfect entry-level job for many in Africa, but with time such people yearn to progress from the cash register to the the senior management positions. One of the most promising growth opportunities in Africa is the health care industry.The fast growing population and ballooning healthcare costs means there are myriad jobs out there for health professionals.The study shows healthcare and social assistance industry will account for one in every seven new jobs created between 2014 and 2019.In the next decade, there will be huge demands for elderly and ageing care facility managers, clinical care mangers, registered nurses and physiotherapists are the most popular skilled workers in the sector. In South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, hospitals are increasing in size all of the time and aged care is a growing industry, according to the study. Tech boffins are also on high demand.Interestingly when I read the stud, it was clear that every time someone buys an item or makes payments through their mobile or online, browses a a website, opens an app or ‘Googles’ nearest supermarket, they leave a digital data trail.Only techies are able to make sense of this information, market products to customers online and use their digital expertise are in demand.Undoubtedly the rapid growth and investment in digital marketing in Africa is creating a ‘digital disconnect’ in which the jobs market in digital marketing technology is hungry for skilled workers. Digital marketing is having a huge impact on the skills employers need from IT project manager, business analyst, digital marketing manager, mobile app developer and almost anyone with IT knowledge. Skills can be underestimated by those seeking jobs across Africa, but employers are increasingly looking for potential employees who can determine the employee’s ability to fit into their line of business.


Contador Harrison