These are the hottest jobs in South Africa right now and how much they pay

CareerJunction has released its latest jobs index, showing the which jobs are most in demand in South Africa.

The CareerJunction 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. It is based on comprehensive data gathered from the company’s website.

“The CareerJunction Index settled at 98 index points for the month of May, indicating stability in the online job market and minimal change in hiring and job search activity overall,” the company said.

“However, a notable uptake in jobs is evident for the sales, marketing and construction sectors since January while job volumes remain considerably lower in the ICT, business & management, manufacturing & assembly and architecture & engineering sectors, year-on-year.”

Trending jobs for May include roles in business development, client/customer support and systems/network administration.

Top employment sectors include the IT, architecture & engineering, manufacturing & assembly, business & management and marketing sectors.


In-demand jobs

The below-trending jobs provide an indication of positions that have become more popular in the online job market and has seen a recent spike in demand.

Business Development

Average salary offerings for intermediate level position:

  • GP: R 33,139 to R 43,147 pm
  • WC: R 31,468 to R 37,992 pm
  • KZN: R 28,136 to R 37,803 pm

Client/Customer Support

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R 18,534 to R 23,227 pm
  • WC: R 16,091 to R 21,186 pm
  • KZN: R 12,823 to R 16,842 pm

Systems/Network Administration

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R 27,341 to R 35,935 pm
  • WC: R 23,865 to R 35,306 pm
  • KZN: Not available

Demand vs supply

An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors (indicated by the Demand graph) provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place.

The data shows that The IT, business & management and finance sectors are 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 (indicated by the supply graph), 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 opposite is seen for some industries.

“The sales, marketing and construction sectors have seen a notable uptake in jobs since the onset of 2019, “CareerJunction said.

“Since January, job availability grew by 8% for sales professionals, 26% for marketing professionals and 13% for professionals in the construction sector.

“After a significant dip in hiring activity for professionals in the medical, admin, office & support and maintenance & repair sectors during the second half of 2018, job advertising has picked up again during 2019.

“Due to a considerable dip in IT jobs during April, job availability remains lower year-on-year. Although not as significant, IT job volumes continued to decrease during May.”

CareerJunction said that waning employment prospects are also evident in the business & management, manufacturing & assembly, and architecture & engineering sectors where job volumes are down by 37%, 24% and 29% respectively year-on-year.


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