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High Demand for Software Developers and Testers

Every time a person or company uses a computer, cell phone, tablet, video game system or software programme, they must be thankful to software developers for making such activities possible.

Software developers and testers both play a significant role in the modern world of technology today. “Software development” is the umbrella term that refers to the overall process including numerous tasks, such as computer programming, documenting, repairing and testing and concerns both the creation and the maintenance of applications and frameworks.

The responsibility of software developers is the design of computer programmes and operating systems for businesses to use on a daily basis. It includes anything from word processors, games and e-mail to websites.

Reasons as to why software developers and testers are in such high demand:

  • They are the heart behind the making of computer and mobile applications
  • Computer software is a very specialised skill
  • Businesses need design and testing of efficient and user-friendly systems
  • Many aspects of our lives are reliant on computer software
  • They are needed to design software to meet consumer needs
  • They support companies to integrate software systems into their businesses
  • Software can be a source of competitive advantage

According to Computerworld, the number of software developer vacancies are expected to increase by up to 30% by 2020. Hessam Moussavi, a lead civil engineer, has elaborated on this by saying that “[Software engineering is] an up-and-coming field, as it’s believed that it’s likely to grow much faster than the average compared to other professions.”

Although there is this large need for software developers, there appears to be a talent and skills shortage regarding software development and testing, especially in South Africa. This shortage then leads to a high demand for those who do have the necessary IT skills.

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Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Koekemoer

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