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.

The index decreased to 94 index points during October, indicating increased competition in the job search market. While demand remained unchanged, job search activity increased by 6%.

“Job search activity increased in October. The marketing, medical & health, and business & management sectors saw a notable uptake in jobs since August 2019,” it said.

Trending jobs

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

Staff Recruitment/Selection

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R14,265 to R19,375 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R12,300 to R16,800 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: N/A

Executive Management/Director

  • GP: R94,695 to R119,729 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R69,280 to R84,106 p.m.
  • KZN: R75,882 to R83,654 p.m.

Senior Management

  • GP: R61,563 to R82,842 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R51,420 to R65,119 p.m
  • KZN: R48,263 to R69,140 p.m.

Skills in demand

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

  • Software Development: On CareerJunction, every 4th vacancy relates to an IT position. Despite the volatile demand for software developers, software developers remain the most sought-after professionals on CareerJunction;
  • Middle/Department Management: Managerial skills are highly desirable in the South African job market. During October 2019, over 24% of all managerial vacancies were allocated to finance managers while over 21% were allocated to sales managers;
  • Representative/Sales Consulting: Hiring activity remains high for sales representatives/consultants. Demand for these professionals has increased by 13% over the last month.

Supply and demand

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 IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly the most sought after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed,” CareerJunction said.

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 in some industries.

“The medical & health, marketing and business & management sectors experienced a growing demand trend over the last quarter. Hiring activity increased by more than 5% for professionals in these sectors.

“Year-on-year, demand decreased for professionals in the architecture & engineering and building & construction sector as well as in the manufacturing & assembly sector.”


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