Telecoms skills demand soars

There is a critical shortage of the technical skills needed to support the fast pace of telecommunications growth sweeping across SA and the African continent.

This is one of the main findings of the 2012 Telecommunications Survey, carried out by Landelahni Business Leaders, a member of the global Amrop executive search group.

“Information and communications technology is a pre-condition for socio-economic development and national competitiveness. However, a shortage of key skills is a huge constraint,” says Landelahni Amrop CEO Sandra Burmeister.

“Opportunities abound throughout Africa, despite the challenges of poor infrastructure, disparate regulatory environments and ferocious competition. Spending on ICT infrastructure is expected to total more than USD23-billion a year over the next few years. We need to skill up to maximise this opportunity,” says Burmeister.

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