These are the most in-demand jobs skills in South Africa – and what they pay

Research from job portal Adzuna South Africa shows that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are still the best skills to have to ensure a good job, stable career and better-than- average salary.

The portal searched its jobs database and found the top job titles being advertised for in South Africa. The results turned up a high demand for managers in the country.

“While ‘manager’ does not declare any exact specialty except for management skills, it is clear that the focus in SA is currently on technical skills, followed by consultants, financial and administrative vacancies,” the group said.

Looking at salaries for the job listings that included them, engineers and programmers/developers drew the highest pay, with analyst positions also showing a higher average than most.

Other than Java, much needed programming and development skills are PHP and the Microsoft suite of languages, including .Net and C#. Mobile developer skills are also on the rise, Adzuna said.

These are the most in-demand skills in South Africa, according to Adzuna.

# Job title Job listings Average salary
1 Manager 19 133 R484 938
2 Developer 13 415 R486 281
3 Engineer 7 828 R565 653
4 Consultant 5 066 R275 716
5 Accountant 3 638 R415 556
6 Analyst 3 580 R529 491
7 Assistant 3 441 R168 280
8 Administrator 2 934 R205 468
9 Officer 2 639 R281 632
10 Specialist 2 458 R500 010
11 Clerk 2 154 R133 952
12 Executive 2 127 R307 892
13 Recruiter 1 994 R475 724
14 Technician 1 969 R269 947
15 Java Developer 1 942 R525 369
16 Sales Consultant 1 785 R191 532

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