The most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its latest jobs index showing the most in-demand skills in South Africa right now.

It noted that job search and hiring activity increased in January, with the top employment sectors being architecture & engineering, information technology, business & management, sales, and finance.

Trending jobs in South Africa include executive management, director, bookkeeping and systems and network administration, it said.

The CareerJunction Index sits at 94 index points in January. Hiring activity increased by 6% and job search activity grew by 12%.

Top three trending jobs:

Executive Management

Average salary offerings for an executive level position:

  • GP R93,613 to R161,370 p.m.
  • WC R92,042 to R120,914 p.m.
  • KZN R83,452 to R96,667 p.m.


Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP R17,753 to R21,545 p.m.
  • WC R18,722 to R22,395 p.m
  • KZN R17,188 to R22,656 p.m.

Systems / Network Administration

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP R35,571 to R44,384 p.m.
  • WC R28,928 to R37,128 p.m.
  • KZN R22,792 to R30,543 p.m.

According to CareerJunction, the most in-demand job skills in the country at the moment are for software developers, middle managers and sales consultants.

Software developers remain high in demand in the South Africa. Java skills, along with C# skills are very popular when recruiting software developers, the recruitment specialist said.

Demand for middle / department managers increased during January 2020. Financial managers are at the forefront of labour demand for managerial skills. Currently, every 4th managerial vacancy is allocated to a finance role, the group said.

Demand for sales consultants has been more volatile, however it remains a top skill sought after by recruiters.

“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.

“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,” CareerJunction said.

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The most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now