Salary trends for the most in-demand jobs in South Africa

New research by South African jobs portal, Adzuna, reveals the biggest changes in salary among over 40 of the most in-demand skills in the country over the past year.

Adzuna looked at the listed job requirements in over 130,000 job listings, assessing the demand for a particular skill, versus job seekers looking for jobs in that specific field.

The group’s data shows that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills remain the rarest in the country, with the number of positions requiring them not being met by the skills available.

Despite this, the average salaries offered for most of these positions are slightly lower than those offered in 2016. Of the 44 ‘rare’ skills covered by Adzuna, only 12 saw an increase in the average salaries offered.

The biggest increase in salary was a 10.1% hike in the average salary for chef skills, where the 2016 salary offered was R157,660, and the 2017 increase saw it jump to R173,580.

Other sizable increases were for pharmacists (8.46%), financial accountants (7.16%) and drivers (6.69%).

The biggest drops in average salary offered were for recruiters, down from R513,326 in 2016, to R235,143 in 2017. Big drops were also seen for consultants (-26.52%), controllers (-22.88%), sales positions (-22.15%) and officers (-21.27%).

Irrespective of the climbs and the drops, engineering skills were still the most rewarded in 2017, with civil engineers being the best paid. Receptionists were the lowest-paid in-demand skills

The two tables below show which in-demand skills saw the biggest increases in average salary, and which skills saw the biggest drops:

Skill Average 2016 Salary (ZAR) Average 2017 Salary (ZAR) Change
Chef R157 660 R173 581 10.10%
Pharmacist R506 418 R549 247 8.46%
Financial accountant R439 920 R471 429 7.16%
Driver R111 919 R119 408 6.69%
Receptionist R97 464 R101 907 4.56%
Project manager R558 330 R583 711 4.55%
php Developer R395 950 R410 328 3.63%
Technician R227 406 R234 416 3.08%
Civil engineer R592 809 R609 196 2.76%
Technologist R486 118 R497 127 2.26%
Assistant manager R218 449 R222 739 1.96%
Bookkeeper R181 150 R183 295 1.18%
Developer R470 872 R467 163 -0.79%
Java developer R528 135 R513 875 -2.70%
Engineer R596 996 R580 372 -2.78%
Web developer R407 987 R395 896 -2.96%
Analyst R531 762 R514 938 -3.16%
Mechanic R464 945 R448 407 -3.56%
Supervisor R253 359 R243 652 -3.83%
Net developer R467 460 R446 743 -4.43%
Registered nurse R276 671 R264 135 -4.53%
Foreman R453 944 R431 331 -4.98%
Business analyst R569 417 R540 582 -5.06%
Nurse R283 224 R268 785 -5.10%
Planner R449 795 R425 502 -5.40%
Accountant R418 910 R394 962 -5.72%
Clerk R141 018 R131 865 -6.49%
Sales manager R436 646 R406 913 -6.81%
Assistant R151 827 R140 288 -7.60%
Software developer R496 747 R457 254 -7.95%
Coordinator R246 187 R226 125 -8.15%
Quantity surveyor R532 380 R487 254 -8.48%
Surveyor R561 940 R512 849 -8.74%
Designer R363 890 R327 712 -9.94%
Manager R498 565 R448 366 -10.07%
Operator R392 775 R348 437 -11.29%
Administrator R184 159 R159 843 -13.20%
Secretary R168 895 R140 685 -16.70%
Executive R315 045 R259 672 -17.58%
Officer R286 784 R225 777 -21.27%
Salesperson R267 329 R208 118 -22.15%
Controller R345 115 R266 138 -22.88%
Consultant R277 493 R203 914 -26.52%
Recruiter R513 326 R235 143 -54.19%

Read: The 25 rarest job skills in South Africa right now

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