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

In August, demand for labour increased slightly while job search activity remained at the same level as in July, new data from job search specialists CareerJunction shows.

The group’s index (CJI) settled at 102 index points, indicating a small increase in job opportunities and therefore slightly less competition in the jobseeker space.

The 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: Software engineers and developers are facing great employment prospects in the local job market. Year on year, demand for software development skills increased by 18%.
  • Middle /Department Management: Managerial skills remain highly demanded. Since January, hiring activity for middle and department managers has increased by 10%.
  • Representative/Sales Consulting: Despite a decline in recruitment activity for sales consultants and sales representatives over the last two months, sales skills remain highly demanded. Year on year, demand for sales consultants increased by 15%.

Trending jobs

CareerJunction said that the following trending jobs indicate positions that have become more popular in the online job market and have seen a recent spike in demand.

Nursing / Professional Care Giving

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R22,699 to R43,616 p.m.
  • WC: R17,624 to R34,459 p.m.
  • KZN: R22,463 to R34,407 p.m.

Business Development

Average salary offerings for an intermediate level position:

  • GP: R41,731 to R54,793 p.m.
  • WC: R28,298 to R41,955 p.m.
  • KZN: R30,181 to R44,583 p.m.

Data Analysis/Data Warehousing

Average salary offerings for an intermediate position:

  • GP: R45,109 to R58,308 p.m.
  • WC R41,360 to R59,925 p.m.
  • KZN No information available.

Supply and demand

An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place.

According to CareerJunction, 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 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.

“Volatile recruitment conditions remain for professionals in the admin, office & support, building & construction, medical & health, warehousing & logistics, manufacturing & assembly and sales sectors,” CareerJunction said.

“A stabilising trend in recruitment activity is evident for professionals in the ICT, finance, business & management and marketing sectors over the last months.”


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