The most in-demand jobs in South Africa in 2016

The latest Career Junction index shows which sectors in South Africa have shown the most demand for skilled workers during the first quarter of 2016.

The index covers the SA job sector to March 2016, with historic trend data stretching a year back.

According to the report, the information technology and finance sectors continue to show the highest demand in the country, with offered jobs increasing every month since the start of the year.

Engineering positions are also a hot sector, but job growth over the past three months has been fairly flat.

The group noted that job listing trends showed that there was growing demand for financial and project accountants, tax experts and courier/delivery service people.

Growing demand

CJI growing

On the flip side, a few sectors have seen job demand decline quite significantly over the course of 2016, most notably the telecommunications sector and the motoring sector, which both saw demand decline every month.

A recent report by Trade union Solidarity, showed that Telkom is the leading company in the country when it comes to retrenchments over the past year.

The building and constructions industry’s woes are well documented in SA, while the motoring sector has hit a slump, despite a commitment by Ford Motor Company to plow R2.5 billion to expand operations in South Africa, creating 1,200 new jobs.

The building and construction industry saw a big dip after January, Carreer Junction noted.

Weakening demand

CJI shrinking

Stable demand

CJI Stable

South Africa’s labour crisis has hit a new high, following data from Stats SA which showed that the country’s unemployment rate spiked to 26.7% in the first quarter of 2016.

In the quarter, 355,000 South Africans lost their jobs, while more than 500,000 workers entered the market with no job to go to.

Despite this, the CJI data showed that, year-on-year, job prospects for skilled South Africans were slightly better than the same time in 2015.

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The most in-demand jobs in South Africa in 2016