With digital agencies looking at a turbulent marketplace and fierce competition, hiring in the sector is increasing year-on-year, says JESSE GREEN, Country Manager for South Africa at Adzuna.
Despite considerable competition and challenges facing the advertising agency sector, employment activity is up. This is according to data from online job aggregator Adzuna, who measures activity across all jobs on a constant basis.
With growth from around 556 jobs in 2017 to almost 900 jobs in January 2018, the digital agency space is growing rapidly.
Salaries have, on average, rocketed from under R300,000 to R380,556, more than 20% growth in just one year. Many industry experts see the growth in salary attributable to the increased hiring of developers in the sector, as opposed to paying for these skills through development providers.
Lee Williams, owner of Luminous Recruitment, a recruitment firm placing numerous developers, agrees. “More media agencies might be hiring developers to create better solutions, systems for clients,” says Williams, who added that this organically increases sales.
In 2017, a number of agencies were bought or sold in South Africa, mainly by overseas companies expanding internationally. These include FOXP2 in 2017, and recently The Jupiter Drawing Room, Machine, Quirk and Hello Computer. However, this is in an industry in a slight decline, as reported by Moneyweb in June 2017. Nevertheless, skills are in high demand.
Others mention the fact that companies still prefer to outsource their digital efforts, citing cost and efficiency benefits for larger, especially international, firms. Media agencies thus cut out the middleman if they offer these developers directly.
Traditional media agencies, however, report a higher average salary (R419,470), led seemingly by brand specialists and the above-mentioned digital-related positions creeping in. While this average is presumably boosted by the very same digital positions entering into the agency world, strategy and brand roles are commanding higher remuneration, according to the research done by Adzuna.
Mobile developers, hired to build apps for agency clients, are often hired on a contract basis, bringing home even more bacon, as these developer positions in media houses show, some at over R800,000 per annum.
Adzuna continues to watch various sectors closely, with technology-driven areas a strong focus. The highest paid and most demand position are repeatedly shown to require mostly engineering, IT and finance skills.
Legion gets a pro makeover
Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER
Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.
The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.
The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme.
The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.
The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.
The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.
Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.
Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000
By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa
The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.
However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.
ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?
ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks.
ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?
The link to information security compliance
Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.
So, how are these standards different?
Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more
Why ISO 20000?
Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is. ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does. ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.
Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.