Software Developer Salaries in South Africa

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The demand for skills in the information technology (IT) sector in South Africa has increased significantly from pre-Covid levels, but the average salary in the industry has fallen slightly over the same period.

MyBroadband spoke with CareerJunction Managing Director Paul Byrne about the demand for skills in the industry.

“The IT sector – at the end of 1Q22 – reached 113% of pre-Covid demand,” he said.

“As a benchmark, demand – as at the end of 1Q21 – was down to 79% of pre-Covid (1Q20) levels.”

However, the demand for these skills has decreased slightly over the past three months.

“Although information technology continues to be the best performing employment sector in South Africa, hiring activity in this field has declined by 3% over the past three months,” says CareerJunction’s Employment Insights report for June 2022.

“This decline can be partly attributed to increased emigration as travel restrictions are relaxed as well as the growing trend of ‘digital nomads’ in the computing space.”

Bryne explained that despite the nominal decline in demand, IT skills remain the most sought after in the South African job market.

The most in-demand software developer skills and their salary ranges are summarized in the table below.

The most in-demand software development skills
Role Salary scale (monthly)
1. Java Developer R44,015 – R64,802
2. C# Developer R39,202 – R57,222
3. .Net Developer R38,128 – R56,619
4. Full Stack Developer R36,791 – R59,073

According to data from CareerJunction, salary growth for software developers from the end of 2020 to the end of the first quarter of 2022 shows an overall decline.

However, OfferZen 2022 State of the Developer Nation Report tells a slightly different story.

His data showed that the average salaries for senior software developers have increased by 19% since 2019while less experienced developers saw their salaries increase by 7.4% over the same period.

Specifically, it showed that backend developers earn the highest salaries among senior and junior developers.

OfferZen found that JavaScript remains the most widely used programming language, followed by C# and TypeScript, and Go climbs the ranks of the most sought-after programming languages.

However, Python remains the programming language most sought after by South African developers.

According to OfferZen, software developers working in Cape Town are consistently the highest paid compared to other South African cities.

However, he clarified that if this has been the trend for three years, the gap is closing.

Wage growth for software developers at the end of the first quarter of 2022. Source: CareerJunction.

Since the lifting of Covid-19 regulations, many companies are still allowing their employees to pursue a hybrid working approach, which means they need robust cloud computing software to secure company data and client.

According to OfferZen, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates in South Africa.

AWS is used for 43.2% of cloud platforms in the country, followed by Microsoft Azure with 29.6% and Google Cloud Platform with 14.4%.

Data from OfferZen also revealed that approximately 92% of South African developers are working remotely, either in a hybrid format or in a full work-from-home setup.

Specifically, 51% of developers work in a remote-only setup, followed by 41% who split their time between the office and home.


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