Salary gap in South Africa: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

CareerJunction has released its updated salary review for South Africa for November 2016, listing pay differences for 117 job types in 10 sectors across the country.

The jobs portal also provided details of the regional differences in pay in the three major areas of Gauteng, Durban, and the Western Cape.

Gauteng consistently offers the highest salaries across all 10 sectors covered in the report.

The province contributes approximately 35% to the economic output of South Africa – and has the highest concentration of business head offices.

On average, across all categories and jobs, salaries in Gauteng are 7% higher than the national average, compared to 7% lower in the Western Cape, and 11% lower in KwaZulu Natal.

Marketing salaries in Gauteng offer the biggest variation – 16% higher than the national average, followed closely by a 15% higher average rate for sales jobs, and 13% higher salaries in manufacturing and assembly.

Conversely, KwaZulu Natal has the highest variation in the opposite direction – with finance jobs in the province offering salaries as much as a third lower than the national average.

The finance sector is not kind to the Western Cape, either, where salaries are, on average, 22% lower than the national average. In Gauteng, finance jobs offer 2.5% more.

The following graphs show the regional variation in pay, across each category, for Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

The average salaries are based on the highest and lowest average salaries as reported by CareerJunction. For a full breakdown of these salary ranges, read: Highest salaries in South Africa – what people earn in 2016.











The following table shows a summary of the variations:


Read: Where to get the best salary in South Africa in 2016: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban (April 2016 data)

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