New data from online jobs portal, Adzuna, provides insight into the most sought-after skills by companies and their demand from job seekers in South Africa.
The company lists the skills that push both factors the most, which combine to reveal the ‘rarest’ skills in the country.
Adzuna looked at the listed job requirements in over 130,000 job listings, assessing the demand for a particular skill, versus job seekers looking for jobs in that specific field.
This is what the jobs site refers to as the “Rareness Factor” – where a factor of 2.0 effectively means there are twice as many vacancies for job seekers looking for those positions.
If a skill is in high demand but low in supply, this makes it rarer than skills which are low in both available candidates and low in demand.
Many of the job skills that were rarest in 2016 have remained at the top of the list in 2017 – particularly in the field of software development, where Java and php developers are in great demand, but with little supply.
Developer and other tech positions make up seven of the top 10 rarest job skills, with the other skill types found in the financial, management and consultancy fields.
The rarity of the skills listed by Adzuna also correlate to the average salaries paid out, with rare skills attracting some of the highest salaries.
However, this isn’t true across the board – for example, engineering jobs still have some of the highest salaries listed, but ‘only’ carry a rareness factor of five, the data showed.
“As expected, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills are still the most sought after and best paid in South Africa. And this is a global trend that is simply exacerbated in SA,” said Jesse Green, country manager for Adzuna South Africa.
The group’s data is fairly reflective of findings in the recently published South African Science, Technology and Innovation Report for 2016, which showed that the country was struggling to make progress in maths and science fields.
It also showed that the percentage of science, engineering and technology (SET) enrolments at South African higher education institutions has stagnated over the past few years.
“Youngsters looking for a bright future would do well to make the effort to spend time mastering maths and science subjects at school,” Green said.
The table below lists the 25 rarest skills in South Africa as of September 2017, as well as the average salaries listed for those positions.
Green indicates that the skill has become rarer since the research was done in 2016, while red indicates the skill’s rareness factor has dropped.
|Job skill or title||Demand from Companies||Demand from Job Seekers||Rareness Factor 2017||Average Salary|
|Java Developer||2 705||21||128.8||R513 875|
|Developer||16 952||255||66.5||R467 163|
|php Developer||1 801||28||64.3||R410 328|
|Web Developer||1 488||28||53.1||R395 896|
|Financial Accountant||1 139||22||51.8||R471 429|
|Software Developer||1 428||34||42.0||R457 254|
|Net Developer||890||34||26.2||R4467 43|
|Technologist||1 359||65||20.9||R497 127|
|Assistant Manager||1 077||67||16.1||R222 739|
|Consultant||6 837||444||15.4||R203 914|
|Analyst||3 947||302||13.1||R514 938|
|Recruiter||1 729||166||10.4||R235 143|
|Supervisor||1 784||490||3.6||R243 652|
|Executive||3 095||331||9.4||R259 672|
|Accountant||4 298||475||9.0||R394 962|
|Business Analyst||1 141||178||6.4||R540 582|
|Designer||2 351||403||5.8||R327 712|
|Coordinator||1 034||199||5.2||R226 125|
|Civil Engineer||1 248||242||5.2||R609 196|
|Engineer||10 130||1981||5.1||R580 372|
|Technician||2 845||607||4.7||R234 416|
|Manager||23 902||5 398||4.4||R448 366|
|Pharmacist||1 094||252||4.3||R549 247|
|Project Manager||1 578||367||4.3||R583 711|
|Salesperson||2 400||589||4.1||R208 118|