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

CareerJunction has published its latest monthly jobs index for July 2020, showing which jobs are currently the most sought after 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.

The CJI is based on comprehensive data gathered from the CareerJunction website. The index for July settled at 99 index points indicating little change in supply and demand in the local labour market, the jobs portal said.

“Recruitment activity increased by 7% from June to July 2020. There’s a growing demand trend for skills in the medical & health, business & management, warehousing & logistics and manufacturing & assembly sectors,” the group said.

Trending jobs for July 2020 include supervisors, systems/network administrators and nursing/professional care givers.

Team Leader & Supervisor

Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions per month:

  • GP: R 23,708 to R 31,956
  • WC: R 25,321 to R 28,361
  • KZN:  R 18,009 to R 24,921

Systems / Network Administration

Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions per month:

  • GP: R 32,929 to R 44,761
  • WC: R 32,598 to R 40,455
  • KZN: R 34,667 to R 38,704

Nursing / Professional Care Giving

Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions per month:

  • GP:  R 22,868 to R 32,229
  • WC: R 23,030 to R 32,104
  • KZN: R 20,800 to R 30,033

The most wanted skills

According to CareerJunction, the three most in-demand skills in the country at the moment are software developersmiddle/department managers and representatives or sales consultants.

Despite a decrease in hiring activity for software developers during the last four months, programming and software development skills remain the most in-demand skill set in the local labour market, the group said.

“Demand for managerial skills is showing consistent growth over the past two months. After a dip in demand in the second quarter of 2020, hiring activity increased by more than 60% since May.

“Aside from diminished recruitment activity in the current economic climate, recruitment activity for sales consultants and representatives grew by 30% since May 2020.”

CareerJunction said that 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.

“Since the onset of the national lockdown in March, hiring activity decreased significantly for ICT professionals, architecture & engineering professionals and cleaning, maintenance & repair professionals.

“Demand for administrative, sales and marketing professionals is showing first signs of recovery. Recruitment activity is slowly increasing.”

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