These are the most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its latest jobs index, showing which skills are in the greatest demand in South Africa right now.

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 CareerJunction website.

According to the group, the index settled on the 100 mark for July, indicating no change in overall labour market conditions.

While software developers remain highly sought after on CareerJunction, jobs in ICT has steadily decreased year-on-year.

“Weakening demand is also evident in the architecture and engineering and business and management sectors during the past 12 months,” it said.

“The medical, manufacturing and cleaning, maintenance and repair sectors, on the other hand, saw a recent uptake in jobs. Trending jobs for July include nursing / professional caregiving and admin clerks and systems and network administration.”


Trending jobs

Below are the jobs that are currently trending in the country, along with what people can earn in the respective fields.

Nursing / Professional Caregiving

Average salary offerings for intermediate level position:

  • GP: R22,467 to R31,833 p.m (CTC)
  • WC: R24,628 to R35,432 p.m (CTC)
  • KZN: R26,933 to R31,204 p.m (CTC)

Admin Clerk

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R17,608 to R18,537 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R15,043 to R17,778 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: R13,250 to R16,907 p.m (CTC)

Systems / Network Administration

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R27,341 to R35,935 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R23,865 to R35,306 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: Not available

CareerJunction identified the following three skills as being in the highest demand:

  • Software Development: Software developers remain highly sought after on CareerJunction. Job ad volumes increased by 13% from June to July 2019.
  • Middle / Department Management: Employment opportunities are plentiful for professionals in management. Management skills are sought after in the finance and sales sectors.
  • Representative / Sales Consulting: Sales representatives remain in high demand. Since January, job ad volumes increased by 11%.

Supply and Demand

An uptake in vacancies is evident across the medical, manufacturing and cleaning, maintenance and repair sectors during June and July 2019, CareerJunction said.

“The uptake in vacancies is particularly evident in the medical sector where job seekers can expect notably improved employment prospects.”

Volatile demand trends are evident across the admin, office and support, sales and marketing sectors since January. Job volumes are slightly lower year-on-year, the group said.

“Labour demand has steadily decreased across the architecture and engineering, construction, ICT and business and management sectors over the last 12 months.

“The biggest decreases in jobs are evident in the architecture and engineering and business and management and ICT sectors where jobs have decreased by 20%, 24% and 27% respectively year-on-year,” it said.


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These are the most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now