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The most in-demand tech jobs for South Africans right now – including pay

Source: https://businesstech.co.za/news/technology/578586/most-in-demand-tech-jobs-for-south-africans-right-now-including-pay/amp/

According to Kavi Pather, head of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Analytics at EY, the demand for tech-related talents continues to grow in South Africa, which was ranked as high as sixth in the world for recruiting data scientists just prior to Covid-19.

A chat with BusinessTalk revealed that artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important in today's enterprises. To be successful in today's market, Kavi believes that firms must collaborate with technology.

Because Covid-19 made everything available online, he asserted, there is greater possibility to deploy artificial intelligence in a commercial environment. Among the companies entering the nation are "data centers such as Amazon, Google, and Huawei," which all require data scientists, according to him.

In the artificial intelligence industry, the next few years are going to be interesting, according to Pather, when you combine all of the new data centers with new regulations such as POPIA (the Protection of Personal Information Act) and President Cyril Ramaphosa's Fourth Industrial Revolution Commission.

Among the difficulties in implementing AI-related solutions, the AI lead pointed out a scarcity of qualified individuals in the region. Having a successful innovation team, according to him, necessitates a fundamental understanding of data.

Another problem, according to Pather, is ensuring that the data obtained is of high enough quality to be of value. Businesses must pool data from across their organizations and make it readily available to data scientists in order to be competitive.

Today, he asserted, "quality data is valued more than gold."

A data scientist in South Africa can expect to make an average income of R420,000 per year, according to Payscale, which analyzed 239 wage profiles. But depending on the firm and level of experience, it can range anywhere from R215,000 to R724,000.

A data scientist with less than a year of experience can expect to earn R338,000 per year as an entry-level salary in South Africa.


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