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Salary gap in Joburg vs Cape Town is widening

Salary gap in Joburg vs Cape Town is widening

New data published by online job portal, Adzuna, shows that if you are thinking of relocating to the Mother City from the economic hub of Joburg, you will most likely need to look for free activities on weekends as your pay is likely to be substantially less.

Worse still, Adzuna‘s data shows that the salary gap between Cape Town and Johannesburg has widened during 2016.

“It used to be that, on average, those in the Cape boasted a better quality of living to compensate for only a slightly different salary to those in Gauteng. It doesn’t seem to
be so clear cut any longer,” said Jesse Green of Adzuna South Africa.

In broad statistics, the Western Cape lists 22,230 jobs at an average salary of 13% less than Gauteng’s 53,815 jobs.

Even more pronounced was the difference of over 18% between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The average of all South Africa’s more than 130,000 positions was R375,786.

  • JNB – R427,892
  • CPT – R352,089

“These statistics are averages and many industries and job types are mixed together, but even so, the message is clear,” said Green.

Gauteng also is home to more than half the 130,000 jobs analysed from the Adzuna website. While many of those moving to Cape Town do receive a higher salary at the coast, there are fewer positions to choose from.

Those living in Johannesburg often quote the pace of a big city, the financial benefits and the cosmopolitan atmosphere, whereas the attraction factors to the Cape are usually cited as non-financial.

Read: Salaries in SA: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

Capetonians and those in the Western Cape mostly mention their quality of living, a sounder government and the abundance of nature, wine farms and beaches.

Adzuna said it also spoke to a few job seekers about the numbers. A respondent named Claudette, who moved to Cape Town a few years ago from the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, said that she would never dream of moving back, even for a huge pay rise.

On the other hand, Nic, who has just accepted a new opportunity in Gauteng,
said: “I will miss the Cape, but jobs like this one just aren’t located here, you have to be prepared to move to where the action is.”

“Which of these factors is more important, is definitely subjective, yet with the above information one can hopefully make a more informed choice when looking to make a move,” Green said.

Using first quarter stats published in April, Adzuna identified the best paying provinces in the country according to the average advertised salary.

Best paying provinces in South Africa

# Province Average Advertised Salary (April 2016)
1 North West R453 050
2 Northern Cape R401 747
3 Limpopo R392 419
4 Gauteng R385 477
5 Mpumalanga R381 850
Average for South Africa R358 140
6 Western Cape R336 248
7 Eastern Cape R299 154
8 KwaZulu Natal R284 211
9 Free State R279 493

Stats SA’s Labour Market Dynamics Report for 2009 to 2015, showed that the average South African wage was R3,200 in 2015.

The stats body’s data also showed the median monthly earnings of employees by province between 2010–2015:

Province 2010 2015 Change
South Africa
R2 900 R3 100 R200
Western Cape
R3 000 R3 250 R250
Eastern Cape
R2 200 R2 418 R218
Northern Cape R2 058 R2 383 R325
Free State R2 000 R2 500 R500
KwaZulu-Natal
R2 500 R2 500 R0
North West R3 000 R3 000 R0
Gauteng R3 500 R4 500 R1 000
Mpumalanga R2 800 R3 000 R200
Limpopo R1 800 R2 300 R500

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  • James Dean

    Quality of life is more important than salary.

    • Xileer

      Would you not move to a slightly more difficult area if your salary was doubled?

      I live in KZN – 9th on the list. The disparity is far higher than the list would let on – Places in JHB frequently offer salaries more than double what I’m getting paid.

      It’s a tough decision….

      • James Dean

        Like Nahoon East London to Mdantsane, no thanks.

      • nickVader

        If I had to choose between staying in CT and not getting a raise for the next 5 years, or move to JHB and get paid double… I would choose CT every time.

        • MP3

          do u have kids?

          • Joe Justice

            Is it about the money or WHERE you want your kids to grow up?

          • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

            Money enables one to simply buy what your kids need and want.

          • Willow

            OI, as a teacher and a parent, I am going to share a very corny saying, but “spend time, not money on your children” is the best philosophy.

          • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

            It’s not mutually exclusive, one can do both. I certainly do both.

            It’s better to have money and not need it than to need money and not have it.

        • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

          A very unusual viewpoint.

          • Joe Justice

            It isn’t that unusual. Hence the ridiculous rental prices in Cape Town. People want to live here, despite the income disparity. The problem is that people come here for a holiday, don’t experience Durban-esque holiday weather, and then write it off. But live in Cape Town for a few years, and you become literally allergic to Joburg. As in “where is the oxygen?”

            Add to that the fact that you have to live in a house surrounded by 12 foot walls just to not get murdered. Thing is, what do you work so hard for? What use is all that money if you literally have nothing but yet another dead mall to spend it on? No nature, except if you are willing to drive to Hartebeespoort Dam, and if it is not rotting up from all the fertilizers the farmers upstream dump into it?

            I mean, there is literally NOTHING you can find in Joburg that you can’t find in Cape Town, and a TON of things you can find in Cape Town that Joburg has no equal to. What use is a huge salary if you have to fool yourself into believing you have a good quality of life and a good environment to spend that life ion?

          • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

            I did live in CT. I found that the extra money in JHB enabled me to simply buy a better standard of living.

            For you, Standard of Living (SoL) may be measured by access to nature and maybe a beach.

            I measure SoL by how much space I have (a big house is a comfortable house, for me), how large the yard is, how much income I have to spend on trips abroad, on electronic toys and gadgets, on my kids.

            Seriously, I consider it a good standard of living when I can buy my kids stuff other kids don’t get. When I get to treat my wife to things other wives don’t get.

            Would I return to CT? Not even if the salary is the same as I get now, because the salary I get now goes a much smaller distance in CT than in JHB.

            My brother still lives in CT, his household income is roughly twice our household income but he lives in a modest 140sqm house on 600sqm land. I live (and entertain) in a 700sqm house, on 2000sqm of land (in a nice area – no bars on the windows). He paid slightly more than I did.

            So don’t try to convince me that paying more and earning less contributes to a higher quality of life – nature trips won’t pay for my kids education. Access to a beach won’t pay for vacations abroad and my bond needs real measurable currency to satisfy, not “ambience”.

          • AfricanJedi

            very well said

        • And PTA?

      • WookieJebus

        Made the move from CT beginning of the year, nearly doubled my income… If I were to go back and make the choice again, I’d stay in CT, easy

        • Xileer

          Yea – That’s because you started in an ideal environment. Durban is not an ideal environment ;D

      • RedViking

        Depending where you stay in KZN, you might get a better ‘quality of life’ in JHB and double your salary of course. Personally I hate the PTA / JHB city life and wont easily move there, even if I was offered a full time job.

    • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

      Sure, but with enough money you can buy quality of life, standard of living, etc.

      If you can live without needing a beach nearby, then it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a higher quality of life in JHB on a JHB developer’s salary than in CT on a CT developer’s salary.

      Standard of living is important to me, and JHB has the best ratio of salary:house prices for me.

      • Joe Justice

        Average CT developer salaries are in the range of 40K a month. Is Joburg that much better? And is it really worth it if your amazing house in located in what amounts to a crime-ridden abandoned mine dump?

        • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

          “Average CT developer salaries are in the range of 40K a month. Is Joburg that much better?”

          Sure, but even if it weren’t higher, R40k/m gets you a better house in JHB than in CT.

          ” And is it really worth it if your amazing house in located in what amounts to a crime-ridden abandoned mine dump?”

          My house isn’t in a mine-dump and it doesn’t have bars on the windows.

          Why would you even say such a thing? Do you tell yourself that to console yourself for an unremarkable house and/or salary?

          • Joe Justice

            Gauteng is an abandoned mine dump.

            The air quality is poor, water is chlorine sludge.

            I live in a HUGE four bedroom house that spans across an entire block (nobody living behind me), I have huge rooms, two living areas, a kitchen that is big enough to run a catering company out of, a huge indoor braai and entertainment area, and another outside, no burglar bars, garages, enough space for an olympic size swimming pool in my back yard, my kids can still go to school barefoot (and walk there safely, alone – and costs me R600 per kid, per month – and is one of the top performing schools in the entire country),

            I have not even read of a hijacking in the past 10 years, nobody I know personally has had their home burgled, and I pay R8500 a month rental.

            My rates bill totals to about R1000 per month, all included. I work remotely (from home) and earn as much as any developer does in Joburg. I don’t have to commute, ever.

            I have FTTH. The beach is 15 minutes from me, I am in the middle of Shiraz country, I can drive literally in any direction for 10 minutes and find something new to do, every single time. I am 40 minutes from the biggest mall on the African continent. I have the best restaurants on the continent all around me.

            My neighbours are people from diverse cultures, and I actually like them. They are my friends. If I want to go to a casino, it’s 40 kilometers from me. If I do decide to go work for an inhouse company, I have a 6 hour a day, flexi schedule, and I can earn twice the amount I do now. In Cape Town.

            Please compare your and your fellow devs life in Joburg and honestly tell me which is unremarkable.

          • MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

            I have all of that with the exception of the winelands and the beach.

            re crime: Rate is lower in JHB than in CT. Sorry.

            re air quality: Incorrect, any difference you think exists doesn’t.

            re Water: Water is clean, the only problem is current drought, not the current quality.

            re Diversity: Gauteng is much more diverse than CT.

            re Casino: about three within a short drive.

            re working hours: I also only work 6 hours a day, sometimes from home.

            To be perfectly honest, you sound incredibly unhappy – unhappy enough to make the claims you did. The more you claim that JHB is a mine-dump (which it obviously isn’t), and crime-ridden (which it is, but at least better than CT), the more bitter you sound.

            People happy with their situation don’t write paragraphs of caustic drivel denigrating other peoples choices like you did. Look at what I wrote, saying that I’m happy with my choices, and look at what you wrote, saying that other peoples choices aren’t as nice as yours (are you into religion as well?)

            What I have in JHB I can’t get in CT. You forget, I lived there. I am *from* CT. But I wouldn’t return because I prefer opportunities that are available in JHB.

            I left CT 15 years ago “for employment only”. I can’t see myself going back to a place that has lower salaries and higher house prices. What CT has may be important for *you*, but for me the income:houseprice ratio is the one that matters, because it gives me more money, which I use to buy a higher standard of living.

        • Max567

          Meh! ….I see a majority of comments here in their collective bashing Jorburg – so childish!

          It’s like iPhone users saying Samsung is trash, or Linux users bashing Windows and Microsoft.

          People are like dominoes – one domino falls, all dominoes fall.

          I’ve been to Cape Town several times, spending at most a week for tourism or work purposes. No doubt a beautiful city.
          But I wouldn’t stay there.

          I love Jorburg, and over the last 10 years, have stayed in Atholl Sandton, Sandhurst, Northriding, Ruimsig, Honeydew and now settled in Midrand.

          Of course downtown Jorburg has some shl1ty places but over the last several years, they have made strides to rehabilitate it e.g. Maboneng, Newtown even downtown is being rehabilitated….

          Why is it that many headquarters are still based in downtown Jorburg (Not even Sandton) e.g. Standard Bank, FNB, ABSA, etc.).

          I believe people are politicizing matters here because CPT is DA run (am a DA member, by the way), but Jorburg is NOT a basket case.

          Mind you, I have never been a victim of Crime in Jorburg. Drove through Hillbrow last year, a known “crime hotspot” and was scared if I stopped at a traffic light, I would be carjacked. But nothing happened. I saw kids playing on pavements and vendors selling on streets
          (by the way, Cape Town has the highest Crime/Murder rate in SA- check the stats).

          Cape Town is quite literally overrated and people on this forum should stop lying about how they would survive on low salaries just to stay in CPT.

          Many comments here have a tinge of jelously, possibly from Cape Townians that Jorburg is the economic hub, it’s where things happen, and this is reflected even by Jorburg salaries.

          In Jorbug, you get real value for your money. Everything is large, the roads, the highways, property, your house, your yard, even your wallet size etc. If you love shopping, there are thousands of malls in Gauteng -literally. And check the cars Gautengers drive. Talk of nature, there are many nature reserves a few km’s from the city, and a few within its boundaries, including the Lion Park. I’d be bored of the so called “quality life”, visiting the mountain and vines for entertainment, and surviving on a low salary just saw i could be next to the beach and be in Cape Town…eeewwh!

          Wanted to buy a house in Cape Town few years ago…you find ugly little houses at a very high price. Cape Town is hyped and cliquish – they hype even prices for houses.
          A 2 room ugly house for R4 mill, I could get a better, more spacious 3 room house for R2.5 – 3 million in Ruimsig.

          Jorburg downtown has a poor image in the media, but there are many posh areas/entertainment hubs e.g. Rosebank, Hyde Park, Melrose, Sandton…and expanding, expanding ever so fast in the next few years, Johannesburg will merge with Centurion, and ultimately Pretoria. Yes, we don’t deny cape town is beautiful but I’d get bored going to the vines for entertainment or taking that Table Mountain cable car all the time.

          So if you are a Capetownian and have never lived lived in Jorburg, just zipp it, and keep your flat mountian, your ocean and your low salary. I love Cape Town too but people who stay there are too clique, self-important on their low salaries and ugly overpriced houses.

          • Joe Justice

            Twaddle

            1) Cape town is expensive because of demand. People want to live here. Simple economics. If Cape Town was that bad, property would be cheap. Like in Joburg. Because Joburhg is that bad.

            2) All those suburbs you mention – there is nothing to there except to spend you money at malls.

            3) Cape Town is WAY more than the Mountain, the ocean and vineyards. And you know it. Cape Town has culture Joburg never had, and never will have. Cape Town has educational institutions that Joborg never will.

            Joburg is literally a bunch of buildings in the middle of nowhere. The water is polluted and the air is unbreathable.

            The area that Gauteng is located in has nothing going for it, again, except malls. No nature, very few activities that are not somehow connected to malls, no nature and simply nothing to redeem it but money. Yay.

            4) Yes, Capetownians are clique-ish. For very good reason. We know what we have and we want to preserve it from outsiders who will simply turn it into the place they came from. It is bad enough to have a bunch if burnt-pink boepense on our beaches every school holiday. We don’t want to mix with them and their inane Kurt Darren “music.” We especially don’t want them living next door. We don’t want our beaches overrun like those in Durban are, each school holiday. And for clean beaches, quality infrastructure, culture, and a variety of experiences, yes, you should expect to pay more.

            What use is all that money if you have nothing real, no real quality of life to spend it on, unless living in some ugly, nondescript faux-Tuscan security complex in Fourways that is indistinguishable from the hundreds of thousands of faux-Tuscan “homes” surrounding you, driving in your nondescript BMW, to go work in some nondescript office park, doing some nondescript job, eating at some nondescript franchise restaurant at some Faux-Tuscan Casino and once a month, if you are lucky, drive to harties to breathe the “fresh” air is your idea of quality of life. Is that what you want from life? To say “Hey, at least I made more money!”

            I have lived there. I have also lived in Pretoria, Mpumalanga, Natal, and the Witwatersrand. I do not compare blindly.

    • Quality of life is determined by salary?

    • Chichi

      I don’t think. A bigger salary allows you to travel to Europe or South America, to get away from stress every now and then. Or gives you space to move away from the unsafe areas of Joburg for instance. With a salary of R20 000 a month CTC, I’m afraid you’re stuck

  • Macafrican

    The DA winning towns and cities up country might slow down the migration. I live in the winelands and we were getting 4 to 5 applications a month at an expensive private school last year.

    Down-side : new residential estates are appearing everywhere, traffic especially from construction is becoming a bitch, rude people in the shops.

    As to salaries, a sobering thought: median salary of R3100 means half the country earns less than R40,000 per year. That is really sad

    • Dave Baker

      Agreed on the median salary being so sad…

      Also agree that Cape Town is feeling the consequences of migration.
      The M3 (Southern Suburbs) was always bad at rush hour+ a bit.
      Now it is bad for about 4 or 5 hours a day and getting worse every year.
      There isnt the space for lots of commercial or residential development down here…

      Fortunately Fibre has allowed us to put up offices close to the house..
      It sorts out my commute… but not that of our hard working staff.

      Good for the luxury property prices but there has to be limits

      I couldn’t believe the extent of the development near Century City, our North and in Somerset West. Huge business areas popping up

  • Willow

    The cost of housing in CT is frightening!
    How do people manage to be so relaxed, making ends meet there?!

    • James Dean

      Try East London.

      Everything is expensive here.

      Housing, electricity, food, flights.

      We’re a metro yet we can’t even buy electricity online. My sisters husband does it in less than a minute with his phone in Cape Town.

      East London is the pits run by you know who!

      • Willow

        Same here in Joburg, except for buying online electricity, but it gets more expensive every single time you buy! I have been pricing housing all over, must say CT is significantly more expensive for what you get in comparison to other cities.
        Yes, I do think I would live in EL, even if housing was free! 😊

        • Mikhael Rowe

          By your electricity once a month if you can, preferably closer to the 1st; the further down the month you buy the less electricity you get.

          • Willow

            I though t was about keeping it in a 30-day cycle, but realised it isn’t! Insane! Thanks for the advice, Mikhael!

          • Mikhael Rowe

            No prob. Actually found this out once when I complained and asked them why I got so few units when I bought past the 20th. It was then that they told me this sad little story.

          • Willow

            It’s a stupid system! Oi!

          • Mikhael Rowe

            Couldn’t agree more.

          • I will test this story in next month. As far as I know, the units for buying R500 on the 1st and R500 on the 24th is equal to buyng once of R1000 on either the 1st or 24th.

          • Mikhael Rowe

            I can assure you you will get less units buying R500 on the 24th than on the 1st. But test it yourself.

          • You are correct that you get less units on the 24th for the second R500 than for the 1st one. But total units for the month will be the same as buying once of R1000 on the 1st vs the 2 R500 payments.

            You know it works on a sliding scale right? One bulk purchase of R1000 on the first is equal to 4 purchases of R250 for a month (irrespective of the date in the month you make the purchase).

            The only impact the date has is the end of the month. This resets your month and you are again on the lower scale.

          • Mikhael Rowe

            I do get what you are saying, but I can assure you, through my experience the R1000 once-off purchase, is not the same amount of units when buying 4 purchases of R250 pm, and this was what I queried at the beginning, because I get less units when breaking it up in separate purchases. I was then told that you get less units as you progress through the month, thus I buy my electricity once-off at the start of each month.

          • Wow. Completely against what the City of CT website says. Thx for the heads up. I’m going to test this next month with a once off and add up the total units. Will let you know.

          • Mikhael Rowe

            Cool man. Yes, please let me know your findings; it should be interesting.

    • Dave Baker

      It is expensive but Jhb types make the mistake of comparing houses like for like.

      The Southern Suburbs houses are generally smaller than Jhb houses on smaller plots. In the older suburbs one often copes with a single garage.
      And even those houses are pricey if they are close to good schools (lots of good schools). The prices close to good schools AND with big plots cost a fortune

      The flip side is that these small houses are a km away from Table Mountain National Park where one can walk, run and bike.

    • RedViking

      I agree. The costs of living in Cape Town is ridiculously expensive. People are not really ‘relaxed’, just overlooked. Those who struggle outweighs those who live comfortable. Some families are willing to make the sacrifice and live in a 1 bedroom apartment (paying R8000 or more a month) and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

    • The Damned

      Work it into your hourly rates.

      • Willow

        In the education industry there is a pretty low ceiling, sadly!

        • The Damned

          It should be the highest 😢 SA has its priorities all messed up. My mother in law is a principal at a big school in Australia and earns similar to a CEO of a company with 30 staff members.

  • Charl van der Merwe

    JHB is a shlthole, I wouldn’t say I ‘hate’ living here, but the coast beats it by miles, and anyone that quotes “the pace of city life and cosmopolitan atmosphere” as reasons for preferring JHB is full of shlt lol

    • Willow

      Literally! Crime is worse here than anywhere else, for sure!

      • Hiren Patel

        Well in CPT we can boast the highest rate of murder in SA, and some of the highest in the world 😛

        • Willow

          Only because the record keeping is more accurate and honest, Hiren!

          • Truth Seeker

            Yep, crime is much higher in CT, this is confirmed by international bodies that report on crime. The way you feel when in CT, doesn’t compare to actual stats taken. It is much higher in CT, most of the crime taking place on the poorer Cape Flats, yes, but that’s everywhere – lower income/poorer areas experience much more crime and thus cannot be a scapegoat for the high crime rate in CT.

          • Joe Justice

            Reply. For those outside the townships crime experience is similar to say, Pofadder.

          • The Damned

            My insurance HALVED when I moved to CT from JHB.

        • Mikhael Rowe

          But it is so high because of the Cape Flats. Take away that and CT will be crime free. 🙂
          *P.S. After posting this comment I was chased by a group of front-toothless people with knives. If I do not comment again today I was stabbed to death by said group*

        • Joe Justice

          How many people that you knew personally have been murdered or hijacked in CT?

      • lyallchazen

        Actually crime is the worst in the fairest Cape.

        • Willow

          Crime is better reported in the fairest Cape. I feel ten times safer there, than up here!

          • Max567

            Hahaha….funny Cape Town people. You give all sorts of reasons to justify the high murder & crime rates down there.
            Some are saying its not Cape Town, its Cape flats…lol…whats the difference?

          • Willow

            Hahahha, funny, people making ass-umptions!
            I live in Gauteng.
            I can list the thefts, robberies, muggings, murders among myself, friends and family for an hour or six. I have friends in Cape Town, who cannot believe how bad it is here.

          • Max567

            Guess I read between the lines, hahaha….there is crime in Gauteng, agreed! But lets not exaggerate. Statistics have consistetly found Cape Town to have higher crime rates, throughout the years.

          • lyallchazen

            Then go back there.

          • Willow

            Are you instructing me? My Boeremeisie-blood spontaneously com-busts when I am instructed. Just a friendly warning 🙂

          • Mikhael Rowe

            I don’t know what you meant, but somehow it suddenly turned me on. 🙂

          • Willow

            Blood, Mikhael, Blood!! 🙂

          • Mikhael Rowe

            And I am a vampire, so…

        • Joe Justice

          Only if you live in the Cape flats.

    • MP3

      agreed

    • lyallchazen

      In what way is it a sh1thole? We have more churches, mosques and shopping malls than most places you can mention.

      • Truth Seeker

        Yep, have to agree with you Lyallchazen. Can never beat Joburg’s diversity across all wealth and status levels, and areas. Personally, Cape Town is a lovely place, its just the people that’s the problem and puts me off. For a holiday break, its fine, but permanently a definite no.

      • Charl van der Merwe

        hahah Churches and Mosques and shopping malls? we are on completely different levels about life satisfaction 😉

        • lyallchazen

          Then what are your priorities for lifestyle satisfaction? Drinking cocktails on Clifton Beach? Gets old fast.

          • Charl van der Merwe

            That’s far too expensive, you can get drunk anywhere on the beautiful beach at cost price. 😉

            All I’m saying as that there are 2 things we as a society are herded into is consumerism and religion. Buying things and believing in a fictional being are suppose to make us happy? I strongly disagree!

  • bengine

    It’s called demand and supply – lots of people want to work in Cape Town – the rest have to work elsewhere. Factor in the cost of traveling to the beach, mountain or wine farms (after work) from JHB and see what the difference is then …

  • Punisher – Time for Vengeance

    Quality of Life vs Salary = For me Quality of live, I would move to Cape Town tomorrow on lower income. Gatvol of Gauteng…..

  • Punisher – Time for Vengeance

    I just want to know how does people survive on lower salaries in Cape Town?

    • moremhz

      We pay less for fuel and have much lower insurance premiums 🙂 Not everyone gets paid that low average. On a serious note, unfortunately it is well known that a certain race get payed more than any other especially here in Cape Town. In Joburg, things are different in this regard, better integrated.

  • Dave Baker

    Very flawed methodology as it is based on data from Adzuna only.
    A quick glance at Adzuna’s jobs in Cape Town shows fairly junior jobs.

    It all depends on jobs advertised on a single portal.

    Cape Town is packed full of Financial Services (well paid), Software/Services Companies (also well paid), Retail companies

    In the IT space we see
    – a difference between Jhb and CT that is probably about 10% max 15%
    – Banks in Jhb have messed with certain skills and pay a premium for contract positions.

    I don’t hear a lot about Adzuna in Cape Town!

    • Joe Justice

      Who is Adzuna? They don’t work in the software dev sphere in CT, not that I have encountered.

  • Jo

    So what’s the problem. As far as I can remember, Gauteng salaries have always been higher than Cape Town salaries, for the same jobs. Even within the same companies, manager A in Jhb will be paid at least 10% more than manager B in CT, with the same workload and subordinates.

  • xdoomx

    Imagine us here in KZN! Never mind finding free activities on the weekends… we have to find free activities EVERY DAY 😛

    • Fareed Mahomed

      I can’t believe we’re dead last on this list, this is a rude shock of note!!!:-(

  • Hiren Patel

    The differences between the averages and medians are shocking. How are half the people living on 2,3 and 4k a month?!

    • Akella

      If they pay no taxes, stealing elec/water and living in TV box, why not? 🙂 Just for food you need R1,000 – not so much to keep living!

  • lyallchazen

    And that is why only idiots move to Cape Town. I’ve never understood the appeal of that dump. Yes, it is scenic but scenery gets old fast. We have the DA in Joburg too now so don’t bother bringing up that one. This article also doesn’t mention the higher cost of living in the fairest Cape making all those who moved there even bigger idiots.

    What kind of jobs are there in NW and the NC that make them the highest paying provinces?

    • Joe Justice

      Do all of us a favor. PLEASE stay in Joburg.

      • lyallchazen

        Don’t worry, I am.

  • CypherGate

    Regardless of salary differences. What I found in JHB is that property rental is much more expensive than cpt, food as well is more expensive if I compare it to cpt. Sure we get paid less in cpt but certain things here are cheaper than jhb. I almost moved to jhb for almost double my salary and when I worked it out properly it became obvious that I would even out out the same as staying cpt. Thats from my experience though

  • RedViking

    So is corruption…..

  • MalicE_ZA

    I’d rather be poor in CT than rich in JHB

    • Max567

      Hahaha…go ahead. Justify your low salary, and being broke.

      Many comments here have a tinge of jelously, possibly from Cape Townians that Jorburg is the economic hub, it’s where things happen, and this is reflected even by Jorburg salaries.

      In Jorbug, you get real value for your money. Everything is large, the roads, the highways, property, your house, your yard, even your wallet size etc. If you love shopping, there are thousands of malls in Gauteng -literally. And check the cars Gautengers drive. Talk of nature, there are many nature reserves a few km’s from the city, and a few within its boundaries, including the Lion Park. I’d be bored of the so called “quality life”, visiting the mountain and vines for entertainment, and surviving on a low salary just saw i could be next to the beach and be in Cape Town…eeewwh!

      Wanted to buy a house in Cape Town few years ago…you find ugly little houses at a very high price. Cape Town is hyped and cliquish – they hype even prices for houses.
      A 2 room ugly house for R4 mill, I could get a better, more spacious 3 room house for R2.5 – 3 million in Ruimsig.

  • I’d move to Gauteng even if the pay was the same.

    Have I mentioned I dislike most Capetonians? 😛

    • Joe Justice

      No worries, the feeling is mutual. 😉

  • Bob Koekemoer

    Businesses in Jhb are retreating to Cape Town since there’s no staff left up there anymore. In a few years things will even out.

    • OhGee1

      Where did you thumb suck that from? According to Stats SA’s GP has had over a million people migrate here in the last four years alone . And I know what you’re gonna say.. “it’s all illegal immigrants and riff raff” but that you also know to be untrue. Fact is that JHB is the economic hub of SA with Sandton particularly being the “richest mile in Africa” Why would any business move away from that?
      WC on the other hand has had only 300k moving there.

  • Wurnman

    Cheers Nic, CPT will not miss you…

  • Profitfromdoom

    You might make double again working in Nigeria than in JHB but thats the price you pay for living in a sh#th0le
    To all those numbtards who value money over living close to nature please stay far from CT.

  • The Damned

    I got double my Jhb salary when I moved to CT and I now live 200m from the beach. Leaving Gauteng has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  • AfricanJedi

    Think the issue is that many people looking for jobs in Cape Town so its damaging the job market and decreasing salaries

  • Max567

    Meh! ….I see a majority of comments here in their collective bashing Jorburg – so childish!

    It’s like sheepish iPhone users saying Samsung is trash, or Linux users bashing Windows and Microsoft.

    People are like dominoes – one domino falls, all dominoes fall.

    I’ve been to Cape Town a several times, spending at most a week for tourism or work purposes. No doubt a beautiful city.
    But I wouldn’t stay there.

    I love Jorburg, and over the last 10 years, have stayed in Atholl Sandton, Sandhurst, Northriding, Ruimsig, Honeydew and now settled in Midrand.

    Of course downtown Jorburg has some sh**ty places but over the last several years, they have made strides to rehabilitate it e.g. Maboneng, Newtown even downtown being rehabilities….

    Why is it that many heardquarters are still based in downtown Jorburg (Not even Sandton) e.g. Standard Bank, FNB, ABSA, etc.).

    I believe people are politizing matters here because CPT is DA run (am a DA member, by the way), but Jorburg is NOT a basket case.
    Mind you, I have never been a victim of Crime in Jorburg. Drove through Hillbrow last year, a known “crime hotspot” and was scared if I stopped at a traffic light, I would be carjacked. But nothing happened. I saw kids playing on pavements and vendors selling on streets.

    Cape Town is quite literally overrated and people on this forum should stop lying about how they would survive on low salaries just to stay in CPT.

    Many cmoments here have a tinge of Jelously, possibly from Cape Townians

  • Max567

    Meh! ….I see a majority of comments here in their collective bashing Jorburg – so childish!

    It’s like sheepish iPhone users saying Samsung is trash, or Linux users bashing Windows and Microsoft.

    People are like dominoes – one domino falls, all dominoes fall.

    I’ve been to Cape Town several times, spending at most a week for tourism or work purposes. No doubt a beautiful city.
    But I wouldn’t stay there.

    I love Jorburg, and over the last 10 years, have stayed in Atholl Sandton, Sandhurst, Northriding, Ruimsig, Honeydew and now settled in Midrand.

    Of course downtown Jorburg has some sh**ty places but over the last several years, they have made strides to rehabilitate it e.g. Maboneng, Newtown even downtown is being rehabilities….

    Why is it that many heardquarters are still based in downtown Jorburg (Not even Sandton) e.g. Standard Bank, FNB, ABSA, etc.).

    I believe people are politizing matters here because CPT is DA run (am a DA member, by the way), but Jorburg is NOT a basket case.

    Mind you, I have never been a victim of Crime in Jorburg. Drove through Hillbrow last year, a known “crime hotspot” and was scared if I stopped at a traffic light, I would be carjacked. But nothing happened. I saw kids playing on pavements and vendors selling on streets(by the way, Cape Town has the highest Crime/Murder rate in SA- check the stats).

    Cape Town is quite literally overrated and people on this forum should stop lying about how they would survive on low salaries just to stay in CPT.

    Many comments here have a tinge of Jelously, possibly from Cape Townians that Jorburg has very good salaries.

    In Jorbug, you get real value for money. Everthing is large, the roads, the highways, property, your house, yout yard etc. Wanted to buy a house in Cape Town few years ago…you find ugly little houses on a very high price. Cape Town is hyped and clique-ish si they hype even prices for houses. 2 room ugly house for R4 mill, I could get a better, more spacious 3 room house for R2.5 – 3 million in Ruimsig.

    Jorburg downtown has a poor image in the media, but there are many posh areas/entertainment hubs e.g. Rosebank, Hyde Park, Melrose, Sandton…and expanding, expanding ever so fast in the next few years, Johannesburg will merge with Centurion, and ultimately Pretoria.
    So if you are a Capetownian and have never lived here, just zipp it, and keep your flat mountian, your ocean and your low salary. I love Cape Town too but people who stay there are too clique, self-important on their low salaries and ugly overpriced houses.

  • Max567

    Meh! ….I see a majority of comments here in their collective bashing Jorburg – so childish!

    It’s like sheepish iPhone users saying Samsung is trash, or Linux users bashing Windows and Microsoft.

    People are like dominoes – one domino falls, all dominoes fall.

    I’ve been to Cape Town several times, spending at most a week for tourism or work purposes. No doubt a beautiful city.
    But I wouldn’t stay there.

    I love Jorburg, and over the last 10 years, have stayed in Atholl Sandton, Sandhurst, Northriding, Ruimsig, Honeydew and now settled in Midrand.

    Of course downtown Jorburg has some sh**ty places but over the last several years, they have made strides to rehabilitate it e.g. Maboneng, Newtown even downtown is being rehabilitated….

    Why is it that many heardquarters are still based in downtown Jorburg (Not even Sandton) e.g. Standard Bank, FNB, ABSA, etc.).

    I believe people are politizing matters here because CPT is DA run (am a DA member, by the way), but Jorburg is NOT a basket case.

    Mind you, I have never been a victim of Crime in Jorburg. Drove through Hillbrow last year, a known “crime hotspot” and was scared if I stopped at a traffic light, I would be carjacked. But nothing happened. I saw kids playing on pavements and vendors selling on streets
    (by the way, Cape Town has the highest Crime/Murder rate in SA- check the stats).

    Cape Town is quite literally overrated and people on this forum should stop lying about how they would survive on low salaries just to stay in CPT.

    Many comments here have a tinge of jelously, possibly from Cape Townians that Jorburg is the economic hub, it’s where things happen, and this is reflected even by Jorburg salaries.

    In Jorbug, you get real value for money. Everthing is large, the roads, the highways, property, your house, your yard etc. If you love shopping, there are thousands of malls in Gauteng. And check the cars Gautengers drive.

    Wanted to buy a house in Cape Town few years ago…you find ugly little houses at a very high price. Cape Town is hyped and clique-ish – they hype even prices for houses. 2 room ugly house for R4 mill, I could get a better, more spacious 3 room house for R2.5 – 3 million in Ruimsig.

    Jorburg downtown has a poor image in the media, but there are many posh areas/entertainment hubs e.g. Rosebank, Hyde Park, Melrose, Sandton…and expanding, expanding ever so fast in the next few years, Johannesburg will merge with Centurion, and ultimately Pretoria. Yes, we don’t deny cape town is beautiful but I’d get bored going to the vines for entertainment or taking that Table Mountain cable car all the time.

    So if you are a Capetownian and have never lived lived in Jorburg, just zipp it, and keep your flat mountian, your ocean and your low salary. I love Cape Town too but people who stay there are too clique, self-important on their low salaries and ugly overpriced houses.

  • lorgat94

    You get paid higher in Johannesburg.
    Most headquarters of major companies in South Africa are in Johannesburg. Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of Africa.

    Get over it.

  • CJB007

    I moved to CT for more money. There are just as good salaries around… just not as many.

    One thing that CT provided me is to network with much more entrepreneurs – maybe the lower salaries in general has inspired people more.

    Would never move back to JHB there are much more exciting opportunities in CT.

  • Chichi

    This is true. I was looking for a job recently and interviewed with some Cape Town firms. You won’t believe the offers there. You still have to have major qualifications (honours, CA etc)but these guys are offering R350 000 to R450 000 per annum. Unbelievable

  • OhGee1

    Its funny that on every article that compares JHB and CT, a whole bunch of Capies always jump at the opportunity to bash JHB. Why the need for all the hate? If you enjoy CT then cool, that is your prerogative. But if you don’t why the need to bash someone who does not share your views. Personally I don’t think CT is all that. I find the weather kinda nonsense, the place expensive for no good reason and the people cliquey and rude to outsiders. JHB people might be more stressed but generally more inviting and friendly. I’ve been lucky enough to have a great job and a side business and they’ve afforded me the opportunity to travel the world. I’ve been to Asia, South America, Europe and North America and each place has its up and downs. My next holiday is to the Oceania/ Australasia region. Would I have had the same opportunities while working in CT? Perhaps, but I doubt it.
    But hey each to his own…

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