The best place to find a job in South Africa – and the people who are hiring

Jobs website Adzuna has published new data on the areas in South Africa with the most job openings.

Adzuna ranked the top 10 cities in South Arica by comparing vacancies in our comprehensive search index of over 140,000 live jobs to the number of claimants in each city from the latest data.

It also analysed the distribution of job titles and categories to determine which jobs are highest in demand in each city and province.

“The results show that there are huge variations in the prospects for jobseekers across the country, and considerable differences in the types of roles that are in demand across South Africa’s most popular cities,” said Adzuna country manager Jesse Green.

“Even with a staggering unemployment rate, it appears that the SA job market isn’t buckling under the pressure.”

The best place to find a job 

The city of Johannesburg is now the easiest place to find a job in the country with over 16,000 jobs advertised at the end of September 2019.

The city’s employment growth continues to be boosted by tech developments, with the number of IT sector vacancies in the city making up 39% of all IT jobs in South Africa, Adzuna said.

Johannesburg is closely followed by Cape Town with Pretoria coming in a distant third.

Pietermaritzburg is one of the hardest cities to find a job with just 373 jobs on offer.

Bloemfontein comes second, with just 432 vacancies, roughly 0.5% of the number of jobs currently on offer in the country.

Rank City Province Jobs on offer
1 Johannesburg Gauteng 16 608
2 Cape Town Western Cape 12 062
3 Pretoria Gauteng 4 669
4 Durban KZN 4 198
5 East Rand Gauteng 2 442
6 Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape 1 323
7 Winelands Western Cape 976
8 East London Eastern Cape 710
9 Bloemfontein Free State 423
10 Pietermaritzburg KZN 373

Who is hiring? 

Adzuna found that the job sectors most in demand are engineering, IT, and finance.

“Strong demand for a limited supply of skilled professionals in IT and engineering reflects in the salaries for these roles too, with the average salaries for these jobs being three times as much as the average national salary per year,” it said.

In comparison, the sectors with the lowest demand include healthcare, logistics and retail.

City Province Highest Demand Jobs Lowest Demand Jobs
Johannesburg Gauteng IT, Finance, Engineering Healthcare, Retail, HR
Cape Town Western Cape IT, Accounting, Engineering Logistics, Customer Service, Manufacturing
Pretoria Gauteng Finance, IT, Admin Customer Service, Healthcare, Logistics
Durban KZN Engineering, Accounting, Admin Construction, Manufacturing, Retail
East Rand Gauteng Finance, Admin, Sales Construction, Retail, IT

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