Massive growth in IT and tech jobs in SA

Jobs portal, Careers24, has reported a big increase in jobs posted for the IT, technology and telecommunications sectors during the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2016, despite the economic downturn.

Careers24’s, second quarter stats show a massive 154% year on year increase in jobs posted for these sectors.

The IT, Tech and Telecoms sectors were also responsible for 32% of all jobs posted on the site during the second quarter, the Naspers owned company said, which attracts over 1.4 million unique job seekers monthly.

The stats also showed a 30% decline in applications for jobs in this sector, “meaning that candidates are being more selective due to the increase in available jobs”.

“This will put pressure on companies working in this space to make themselves more appealing to the candidates through strategic employer branding and a keen understanding of what candidates are looking for in the workplace,” Careers24 said.

The job movement in the manufacturing and trade sector – which is often the cornerstone of an economy – is more reflective of the current recession with a 29% decline in job postings, it said.

Other significant trends were:

  • 125% increase in job postings in the Government and Parastatal sectors, which was met with a 75% decrease in applicants per job; again showing that candidates could be selective.
  • Engineering remained steady with a 1% increase in job postings and the candidates were eager to apply with an average of over 22 applicants per posting.
  • Banking and Insurance showed good growth with a 30% increase in posts.
  • Finance and Accounting also remained fairly steady with a marginal 2% increase in posts.
  • The most buoyant sector was Office, Admin and Call Centre which showed a high above average of 88 applicants per job post.

Careers24 said that the average number of applicants per job post overall was 27, showing that recruitment is still highly competitive for applicants.

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Massive growth in IT and tech jobs in SA