These are the most popular jobs among women in South Africa and how much they earn

CareerJunction has released a new report on how different South Africa’s current workplace is for men and women.

The survey found that the majority of women felt that they were prejudiced in the workplace with 65% of senior management positions being held by men in comparison to just 16% held by women.

Many women indicated that they would like to be in an executive position one day, however, 59% seem to feel that men have better opportunities for advancement than them.

In addition, 63% of women feel that career advancement is not solely based on work performance.


The types of jobs and fields South African women are applying and working also differs drastically to those of men.

However, while the report found that in the past women were seen working mostly in teaching, administrative and clerical roles, today there seems to be a healthier mix of women in other professions.

Despite the improvement across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and professional fields, most respondents indicated that they were unhappy with their current jobs as well as senior management at these organisations.

More than 50% of participants have been in their current job for less than three years.

While only 22% of participants feel that there is an opportunity for advancement within their organisations, gender wasn’t necessarily the only obstacle that stood out as preventing women from advancing in their careers.

Top reasons included a balanced mix of skills, gender and experience.

According to a May 2017 Bankserv report, the median take-home salary rose by 2.2% from a year ago. In addition, the nominal average salary rose by 7.3% to R13,958 in April.

This matches up with CareerJunction’s data which found that the average monthly income (before deductions) for women in South Africa was between R10,000 – R15,000 (14%), tied with the R20,000-R30,000 income bracket.

Read: Massive growth in IT and tech jobs in SA

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These are the most popular jobs among women in South Africa and how much they earn