The most in-demand jobs in South Africa – and what they pay

Career Junction’s August Index dipped to 93 index points, indicating increased competition for jobs among job seekers at a time when South Africa’s unemployment levels has reached a critical point.

Slowing demand is evident within the ICT, finance, business & management and medical & health sectors, the recruitment group said.

Vacancy levels are significantly lower than a year ago. The sales, marketing and construction sectors, on the other hand, saw a notable uptake in jobs since the beginning of the year, it said.

The Career Junction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market.

Trending jobs, Career Junction said, provide an indication of positions that have become more popular in the online job market and has seen a recent spike in demand.

Trending jobs for August include financial analysis, business development and repre-sentative/sales consulting.

Financial Analysis

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R45,007 to R53,123
  • WC: R 39,712 to R48,250

Business Development

  • GP: R18,230 to  R24,197
  • WC: R17,344 to R19,524

Representative/Sales Consulting

  • GP: R12,386 to R17,764
    WC: R11,463 to R15,638
    KZN: R9,214 to R13,537

Most in-demand skills

Career Junction’s latest research shows that the following occupational fields are by far the most in demand skill sets in the job market currently:

Software Development: Demand for software developers grew by 6% from July to August 2017. Software development and programming remains the most sought after skill sets on CareerJunction.

Representatives/Sales Consulting: Job advertising for sales representatives remains high on CareerJunction. Demand for these professionals has increased by 25% over the past six months.

Middle/Department Management: Employment opportunities for professionals in management are plentiful. Managerial vacancies increased by 3% during August. Finance managers and sales managers are particularly well sought after.

Supply vs demand

An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors  provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place, said Career Junction.

The IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly the most sought after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed.

When looking at active job seekers across various sectors, areas of high supply correlate closely to areas of high demand, however supply outstrips demand in some areas, leading to a competitive environment for job seekers, the recruitment specialist said.

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The most in-demand jobs in South Africa – and what they pay