IT workers in Africa need solid industry growth

Posted on May 11, 2013 10:22 pm

Thousands of information and technology workers and graduates in Africa are in need of continuous growth in the sector otherwise the market is small and cannot accommodate the burgeoning numbers. The industry players and their workers have in the recent past voiced their demands, but most of them I have spoken to have been cognizant of the fact that over the past few years, there has been significant improvement in their wellbeing as well as in their wages. In the past few years, IT workers and experts have enjoyed better pay, legal protections and health coverage as well as safer working conditions from well oiled tech starts ups that are competing for acute talent with multinationals like Google, IBM, Samsung, Nokia to mention but a few. Luckily, most employers have lived up to their responsibility to improve the work environment and IT workers’ long-term futures. Indeed, a software developer based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania acknowledged that employers in telecom business are some of the best employers in the country.

Most of them he claimed observe traditions practiced by techie workers the world over. According to a source I cannot name, this year the minimum wage is expected to increase by 42% compared to 2012, up from a 30% rise in 2012 compared to the year 2011.Lack of skilled talent in the industry also afford techies greater protection and security in their jobs. With robust economic growth, demand for Information and Technology jobs have been plentiful, providing workers with financial security. The recent economic data in sub Saharan Africa shows that when workers, employers and the government work together to improve business conditions, all parties benefit in the end. If businesses grow and prosper, techies too can enjoy the benefits of growth. Sustained economic growth has translated to growth in technology industry and harmonious industrial relations provide workers with the best security and techies also deserve better lives across the continent.

Contador Harrison