The biggest salary increases in South Africa in 2018

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published it latest salary review for 2018, showing what the average employee earns per month in 94 jobs across 10 fields.

Because the survey broadly covers the same fields and job positions each year – with over 130,000 job listings assessed – BusinessTech is able to compare how salary offers in each position have changed over the review period.

For a more detailed look at the salary ranges for the jobs based on level seniority, you can read South African salaries in 2018: what people earn.

For a look at how salaries change based on where you live, you can read South African salaries in 2018: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban.

The tables below look at how salaries for the various job offerings have changed between 2017 and 2018, using the the highest-level intermediate pay for each position. Numbers have been rounded.

The changes represent the change in salaries offered by companies as per the tens of thousands of posts on CareeerJunction’s portal.

For most sectors, salary changes have been a mix of increases and decreases, depending on the roles. However, for the architecture and engineering field, while salaries remain some the highest, offers are lower than in 2017 almost across the board.

By contrast, jobs in warehousing and logistics are offering much higher salaries than last year, while the scales also tip in favour of higher salaries for those looking for work in marketing, manufacturing, and finance.


Admin, Office and Support 

Job 2017 2018 Change
Client and Customer Support R14 610 R18 710 +28.1%
Secretary R18 300 R20 700 +13.1%
Data Capturing R11 130 R12 450 +11.8%
Call Centre Operator R15 880 R17 150 +8.0%
Human Resources Officer R23 460 R24 200 +3.2%
Admin Clerk R14 540 R14 170 -2.6%
Personal Assistant R21 480 R20 730 -3.5%
Switchboard and Reception R12 080 R11 090 -8.1%
Health and Safety Environment R26 640 R24 190 -9.2%

Architecture and Engineering 

Job 2017 2018 Change
Electronic Engineering R39 300 R45 030 +14.6%
Engineering Technician R24 880 R24 230 -2.6%
Electrical Engineering R42 340 R41 020 -3.1%
Architectural Draughting R27 400 R26 500 -3.3%
Industrial Engineering R42 460 R40 380 -4.9%
Engineering Draightsman R25 860 R23 970 -7.3%
Environmental Engineering R49 750 R46 110 -7.3%
Civil/Structural Engineering R46 580 R42 740 -8.2%
Mechanical Engineering R45 280 R39 890 -11.9%

Building and Construction 

Job 2017 2018 Change
Metal, Iron, Steel and Rebar Works R23 580 R29 930 +26.9%
Quantity Surveying R40 530 R50 460 +24.5%
Electrician R21 830 R22 240 +1.9%
Consulting Engineering R39 110 R39 720 +1.6%
Building Project Management R35 800 R34 840 -2.7%
Civil Engineering R54 060 R49 870 -7.7%
Structural Engineering R45 410 R41 250 -9.2%
Building Foreman R30 830 R26 710 -13.4%

Finance 

Job 2017 2018 Change
Risk Management R36 040 R50 380 +39.8%
Credit Management R29 220 R40 440 +38.4%
Internal Auditing R33 690 R42 210 +25.3%
Purchasing and Procurement R28 670 R31 430 +9.6%
Actuarial Management and Administration R39 220 R42 960 +9.5%
Debt, Rent/Cash Collection R16 520 R18 030 +9.1%
Investment Management R36 170 R38 650 +6.8%
Payroll and Wages R20 170 R21 370 +5.9%
Financial Analysis R50 830 R53 540 +5.3%
Asset Manangement R41 080 R42 570 +3.6%
Financial/Project Accounting R40 500 R41 840 +3.3%
Accounts Payable and Receivable R23 420 R22 720 -3.0%
Cost and Management Accounting R50 280 R48 310 -3.9%
Taxation R40 810 R37 590 -7.9%
Bookkeeping R19 120 R17 530 -8.3%
Portfolio Management R34 620 R31 580 -8.8%
Chartered Accounting R54 400 R48 420 -11.0%
Claims Assessment R23 430 R20 850 -11.0%

ICT

Job 2017 2018 Change
IT Management R59 490 R66 010 +11.0%
Database Design, Development and Administration R36 470 R39 930 +9.5%
Data Analysis and Data Warehousing R40 460 R43 310 +7.0%
Software Development R43 520 R46 340 +6.5%
UX and GUI Design R42 700 R44 380 +3.9%
Systems and Network Administration R36 170 R34 440 -4.8%
Business Analyst R48 550 R46 050 -5.2%
Technical and Business Architecture R61 040 R56 830 -6.9%
IT Project Administration and Management R50 440 R44 950 -10.9%
Systems Analyst R42 420 R35 170 -17.1%

Marketing

Job 2017 2018 Change
Brand Management R25 060 R33 830 +35.0%
Marketing Assistance R12 370 R14 830 +19.9%
Marketing Management R41 000 R47 080 +14.8%
Advertising R18 980 R21 130 +11.3%
Product Management R33 440 R36 110 +7.7%
Communications and Public Relations R25 940 R26 820 +3.4%
Marketing Coordinator R21 770 R20 770 -4.6%
Market Research and Analysis R29 920 R23 750 -20.6%

Manufacturing and Assembly

Job 2017 2018 Change
Plant and Production Control R21 460 R29 310 +36.6%
Quality Control R21 740 R27 320 +25.7%
Assembly and Fabricating R24 280 R30 330 +24.9%
Artisan R23 740 R26 370 +11.1%
Machinist R22 380 R24 570 +9.8%
Materials Control R23 920 R24 930 +4.2%
Process Control R25 070 R25 520 +1.8%
Tools and Die Making R31 830 R31 060 -2.4%
Metallurgy and Boiler Making R23 410 R22 780 -2.7%
Plant Management R62 310 R51 810 -16.9%

Medical and Health

Job 2017 2018 Change
Nursing/Professional Care R22 670 R24 130 +6.4%
Optometrist R31 000 R32 600 +5.2%
Pharmacist R42 220 R42 350 +0.3%
Therapist R33 460 R30 870 -7.7%
Medical Assistance and Support R27 350 R25 000 -8.6%
Hospital Management R45 960 R30 730 -33.1%

Sales

Job 2017 2018 Change
Trade Broking R22 570 R27 460 +21.7%
Real Estate and Property Agent R16 230 R19 640 +21.0%
Representative and Sales Consulting R20 100 R24 190 +20.4%
Account Management R23 090 R25 170 +9.0%
Wholesale R17 200 R18 710 +8.7%
Retail R15 350 R14 630 -4.7%
Sales Management R44 330 R40 290 -9.1%
Telesales and Marketing R14 670 R12 810 -12.7%
Travel Agent R18 800 R16 300 -13.3%
Short-term Life and Medical Insurance Broking R23 070 R19 760 -14.3%

Warehousing and Logistics

Job 2017 2018 Change
Packing and Packaging R7 500 R11 500 +53.3%
Dispatch and Receiving R11 890 R12 810 +7.8%
Distribution/Courier Services R12 530 R13 300 +6.1%
Logistics Management R44 810 R47 330 +5.6%
Warehouse Operations R15 060 R15 500 +2.9%

Read: South African salaries in 2018: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

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