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

Data from the latest CareerJunction jobs report shows that demand for labour increased by 5% while job search activity increased by 1% during May 2021.

Year-on-year, demand has grown significantly for professionals in the sales, ICT, business & management and building & construction sectors, the careers portal said.

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

  • Software development: Demand for software developers has been growing since January. Comparing May 2021 with January 2021, demand increased by 38%.
  • Middle/Department management: Department managers remain high in demand. Year-on-year, demand for middle and department managers increased by 76%.
  • Representative/Sales consulting: Demand for sales representatives is showing consistent growth. Since May 2020, demand for sales consultants has grown by 69%.

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.

Business Analysis
Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP R45,694 to R56,104 p.m.
  • WC R42,910 to R53,247 p.m.
  • KZN Not available

Representative / Sales Consulting

  • GP R15,067 to R22,253  p.m.
  • WC R17,427 to R22,476 p.m.
  • KZN R15,067 to R21,167 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 provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place, the jobs specialist said.

“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, areas of high sup-ply correlate closely to areas of high demand, however supply outstrips demand in some areas, leading to a competitive environment for job seekers.”


Top employment sectors

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

  • Information Technology
  • Sales
  • Business and Management
  • Finance
  • Admin, Office & Support

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