These jobs have the biggest salary increases in South Africa

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published it latest salary review for 2018, showing what the average employee earns per month in 94 jobs across 10 fields.

Because the survey broadly covers the same fields and job positions each year – with over 130,000 job listings assessed – BusinessTech is able to compare how salary offers in each position have changed over the review period.

For a more detailed look at the salary ranges for the jobs based on level seniority, you can read South African salaries in 2018: what people earn.

The tables below look at how salaries for the various job offerings have changed between November 2017 and November 2018, using the the highest-level intermediate pay for each position. Numbers have been rounded.

The changes represent the change in salaries offered by companies as per the thousands of posts on CareeerJunction’s portal each month.

Across all sectors, employers are generally offering significantly higher salaries in 2018, though there are a few exceptions, possible showing a decline in demand for those roles.

Of the 93 job roles listed below, 61 showed a higher offer in 2018, compared to the 32 that showed a lower offer than a year ago. However, only 46 showed an increase above CPI (5.3% in 2017), with 15 jobs groups showing increases under that level.

By far the best sector to go job hunting in would be marketing, where all job offers showed a higher average salary, most of which were above CPI. Architecture and engineering skills also proved to be in high demand.

While the ICT sector showed a balance of higher salaries in 2018, most of the salaries offered were below CPI adjustments.

The tables below outline the salary adjustments for like-for-like job roles between 2017 and 2018, using the upper salary boundary for those with intermediate experience. Higher salary offers are highlighted in green, with lower salary offerings in red. Offers with increases below inflation are highlighted in orange. Numbers have been rounded.


Admin, Office and Support 

Job 2017 2018 Change
Call Centre Operator R15 880 R29 000 +82.7%
Client and Customer Support R14 610 R21 390 +46.4%
Data Capturing R11 130 R13 500 +21.3%
Secretary R18 300 R20 070 +9.7%
Health, Safety and Environment R26 640 R28 350 +6.4%
Human Resource officer R23 460 R24 450 +4.2%
Admin Clerk R14 540 R14 530 -0.1%
Switchboard and Reception R12 080 R11 390 -5.7%
Personal Assistant R21 490 R20 200 -6.0%

Architecture and Engineering

Job 2017 2018 Change
Architecture R33 500 R47 970 +43.2%
Electronic Engineering R39 300 R52 970 +34.8%
Automotive Engineering R31 250 R35 670 +14.1%
Electrical Engineering R42 340 R47 850 +13.0%
Engineering Technician R24 880 R27 650 +11.2%
Engineering Draughtsman R25 860 R27 650 +6.9%
Architectural Draughting R27 400 R28 380 +3.6%
Industrial Engineering R42 460 R43 620 +2.7%
Mechanical Engineering R45 280 R45 470 +0.4%
Civil/Structural Engineering R46 580 R43 900 -5.7%

Building and Construction

Job 2017 2018 Change
Electrician R21 830 R25 930 +18.8%
Building Foreman R30 830 R34 670 +12.4%
Consulting Engineering R39 110 R41 510 +6.1%
Metal, Iron, Steel and Rebar Works R23 580 R24 870 +5.4%
Building Project Management R35 800 R35 330 -1.3%
Quantity Surveying R40 530 R39 440 -2.7%
Structural Engineering R45 410 R41 780 -8.0%
Civil Engineering R54 060 R46 210 -14.5%

Finance

Job 2017 2018 Change
Risk Management R36 040 R42 760 +18.6%
Corporate Lending R43 330 R51 350 +18.5%
Payroll and Wages R20 170 R23 460 +16.3%
Credit Management R29 220 R33 550 +14.8%
Financial Management R63 680 R69 190 +8.6%
Internal Auditing R33 690 R35 860 +6.4%
Financial Analysis R50 830 R52 510 +3.3%
Debt, Rent/Cash Collection R16 520 R16 910 +2.3%
Purchasing and Procurement R28 670 R28 990 +1.1%
Actuarial Management and Administration R39 220 R39 290 +0.2%
Investment Management R36 170 R35 980 -0.5%
Asset Management R41 080 R40 650 -1.0%
Financial/Project Accounting R40 500 R39 940 -1.4%
Claims Assessment R23 430 R22 550 -3.8%
Taxation R40 810 R39 230 -3.9%
Bookkeeping R19 120 R18 300 -4.3%
Chartered Accounting R54 400 R51 440 -5.5%
Treasury Management R36 710 R34 510 -6.0%
Cost and Management Accounting R50 280 R45 680 -9.1%
Accounts Payable and Receivable R23 420 R20 020 -14.5%

Information and Communication Technology

Job 2017 2018 Change
UX and GUI Design R42 700 R46 230 +8.3%
Data Analysis and Data Warehousing R40 460 R43 160 +6.7%
Systems Analyst R42 420 R44 480 +4.9%
Software Development R43 520 R44 310 +1.8%
Database Design, Development and Administration R36 470 R36 770 +0.8%
IT Management R59 490 R58 370 -1.9%
Systems and Network Administration R36 170 R34 970 -3.3%
IT Project Admin and Management  R50 440  R47 390 -6.1% 
Business Analyst R48 550 R42 240 -13.0%
Technical and Business Architecture R61 040 R48 900 -19.9%

Manufacturing and Assembly

Job 2017 2018 Change
Quality Control R21 740 R26 820 +23.4%
Plant and System Operator R16 500 R20 280 +22.9%
Plant and Production Control R21 460 R24 910 +16.1%
Machinist R22 380 R25 400 +13.5%
Metallurgy and Boiler Making R23 410 R26 540 +13.3%
Plant Management R62 310 R70 290 +12.8%
Materials Control R23 920 R25 180 +5.3%
Process Control R25 070 R26 030 +3.9%
Tool and Die Making R31 830 R31 690 -0.4%
Artisan R23 740 R22 100 -6.9%
Assembly and Fabricating R24 280 R21 470 -11.6%

Marketing

Job 2017 2018 Change
Brand Management R25 060 R40 820 +62.9%
Marketing Assistance R12 370 R18 720 +51.3%
Marketing Management R41 000 R52 920 +29.1%
Advertising R18 980 R23 400 +23.3%
Product Management R33 440 R38 380 +14.8%
Communications and Public relations R25 940 R27 540 +6.2%
Marketing Coordinator R21 770 R22 460 +3.1%

Medical and Health

Job 2017 2018 Change
Nursing/Professional Care R22 670 R26 970 +19.0%
Pharmacist R42 220 R40 090 -5.0%

Sales

Job 2017 2018 Change
Merchandiser, Product Promo and Demo R13 140 R18 610 +41.7%
Trade Broking R22 570 R28 180 +24.8%
Representative and Sales Consulting R20 100 R24 750 +23.1%
Wholesale R17 200 R19 080 +10.9%
Telesales and Telemarketing R14 670 R16 030 +9.2%
Account Management R23 090 R24 790 +7.3%
Travel Agent R18 800 R19 310 +2.7%
Real Estate and Property Agent R16 230 R15 980 -1.6%
Sales Management R44 330 R43 090 -2.8%
Commodities and Financial Service Agent R24 880 R22 170 -10.9%
Short-term Life and Medical Insurance broking R23 070 R20 510 -11.1%

Warehousing and Logistics

Job 2017 2018 Change
Warehouse Operations R15 060 R18 990 +26.1%
Distribution/Courier Services R12 530 R13 690 +9.2%
Dispatch and Receiving R11 890 R12 760 +7.3%
Logistics Management R44 810 R46 960 +4.8%
Air, Land and Sea Freight R16 580 R12 900 -22.2%

Read: South Africa’s biggest salary survey – this is what people earn

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