The Top Paying IT Jobs in Africa

March 4, 2015

Meet anyone working in informal sector in Africa and they will tell you its a hive for modern day slavery. “The wide gap between wealth and poverty, high levels of unemployment and corruption create an environment in which modern slavery flourishes in Africa,” the report says.More than half the population lives in poverty, and 80 percent of Africans are employed in the informal sector, which is largely unregulated. This means many Africans are working in poor conditions with little pay and lack social security. To escape poverty, as well African countries failure to create jobs back home, many seek employment abroad, working as becoming domestic, commercial sex workers or general causal laborers. An estimated 200,000 plus Africans migrate abroad annually, and an estimated 5 million to 7 million are already working abroad as of 2013 figures, making Africa the second-largest labor emigrant market continent in the world after Asia and as highly publicized migrant cases have proved, migrant workers have little to no legal protections once abroad.

The brokers involved in migrant job seeking business often break the laws and regulations by sending undocumented workers and even underage children by forging passports to conceal their age according to a study by Interpol.The rampant practice is placing migrant workers at increased risk of experiencing modern slavery, particularly through work performed under the threat of deportation. African women, both trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation or as domestic workers, experience excessive working hours, deprivation of wages and lack of health care services.However, not all is gloomy in the World’s poorest continent.A recent survey from a leading recruitment consultancy in Sub Saharan Africa, indicates that the practice of talent-poaching is very common in middle- to senior-level management in local firms.The report found that two-thirds of the 3,000 IT staff respondents polled got their current job through a direct approach, either through a friend or colleague, headhunters or a recruitment company, or even a direct approach from the company itself.

The remaining 33 percent secured their position through jobs advertised in newspapers or on the Internet internationally a confirmation of how chronic shortage IT skilled workers are in the continent of more than 1Billion people. Report also found that nearly 90 percent, of the respondents had received calls from headhunters in the past four months. Its incredible to note that high incidence of headhunting pointed to the scarcity of talent to fill middle- and senior-level management positions and the talent scarcity is triggering wage inflation, according to the report findings.“The wage for Business analyst- and CIO/IT Director is inflated too fast and will eventually become unsustainable,” and according to the survey whose copy I’ve, only 11 percent of respondents said they would settle on a pay increase of less than 25 percent when considering a job switch. But employers still have a chance to keep their best talent in place, with 42 percent of those surveyed saying that they had accepted counteroffers from their employers after tendering their resignations, with 78 percent of those saying yes because they were offered more money and a better position.

Most professionals had a positive outlook on the job market, with 17 percent saying that the market was very strong and 83 percent describing it as strong. Around 120 IT start-up companies were also polled for the report, and despite increasing salary expectations, employers remained positive, with 26 percent rating candidates’ salary expectations as somewhat low and 12 percent saying they were reasonable. Only a quarter of employers believed that applicants’ demands were high and rest said they were very high. The survey found that around 59 percent of companies planned to slightly increase the number of people they employed, while 41 percent anticipated a significant increase in 2015-2016 financial year.The best paying IT jobs in Africa are (1) CIO/IT Director – $US 200,000 , (2) Solutions Architecture – $US 150,000, (3) Enterprise Architect – $US 140,000, (4) DBA-SQL server – $US 135,000 (5) IT manager – $122,000 (6) Test Manager – $US 115,000 (7) Security Manager – $112,000 (8) Project Manager Applications/architecture – $US 109,000 (9) Developer Sharepoint – US$ 105,000 and (10) Infrastructure Architect -$US 102,000.

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