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

Data from the latest CareerJunction jobs report shows that demand for labour decreased by 5% during April while job search activity declined by 13%.

The career search website noted that due to the increased number of public holidays during April, a seasonal de-crease in job search and recruitment activity is normal to the South African job market.

The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics in the country by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market.

It is based on the analysis of data gathered from the CareerJunction website – where around 3,000 of the country’s top recruiters advertise their positions to millions of registered job seekers.

The group’s jobs Index settled at 108 index points indicating less competition in the job search market over the reporting period of April.

An index score below 100 means that there are more job seekers than job opportunities, and reflects a more competitive environment for those looking for work.

Most wanted skills

The group’s latest research shows that the following occupational fields are currently the most sought-after skill sets in the job market:

  • Software development: These skills remain the most demanded skill set. Programming languages like Java, .Net and C# seem to be on the forefront of labour demand within software development.
  • Middle / Department Management: Middle and department managers are in high demand. Year-on-year, demand for middle management skills increased by 8%.
  • Representative / Sales Consulting: Despite a recent dip in demand for sales consultants, recruitment activity remains relatively high.

Trending jobs

CareerJunction said that the following trending jobs provide an indication of positions that have become more popular in the online job market and have seen a recent spike in demand. The include:

IT Project Administration / Management
Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP R51.630 to R66,203 p.m.
  • WC R45.351 to R56,303 p.m.
  • KZN R32.857 to R46,074 p.m.

Admin Clerk

  • GP R16,886 to R21,352 p.m.
  • WC R15,367 to R21,025 p.m.
  • KZN R12,250 to R21,449 p.m.

Software Development

  • GP R48,442 to R65,604 p.m.
  • WC R45,012 to R56,685 p.m.
  • KZN R42,755 to R55,882 p.m.

Supply and demand

An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors (demand) 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, 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,” it said.

Top employment sectors

CareerJunction said that significant online demand indicates positive employment trends. Based on the most recent online hiring activity, the career portal said that five sectors were identified that show promising employment prospects.

These include:

  • Information Technology
  • Business Management
  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Admin, office and support

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