Tthe most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now

Jobs portal CareerJunction has released its latest index for July 2018, showing which jobs and skills are most in-demand across South Africa right now.

According to the group, the August index slipped below the 100-mark at 96 index points, indicating increased competition for jobs among job seekers.

While labour demand remained stable overall, the admin, office & support sector, as well as the marketing and sales sectors, saw a notable decrease in job volumes year-on-year.

Meanwhile, job volumes in engineering and finance have grown between 2%-3% since January, while construction jobs grew by a noteworthy 17%.

These are the three jobs that are currently trending, according to CareerJunction’s data:


Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions:

  • GP: R45,938 to R56,574 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R41,000 to R48,571 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: R38,750 to R48,333 p.m. (CTC)

Business Development

Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions:

  • GP: R24,944 to R33,625 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R23,852 to R29,050 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: R20,300 to R28,071 p.m. (CTC)

Financial Analysis

Average salary offerings for intermediate level positions:

  • GP: R39,162 to R48,900 p.m. (CTC)
  • WC: R32,667 to R44,708 p.m. (CTC)
  • KZN: Not enough information available

In-demand job skills

As has been the case for the past few months, South African employers are looking for three main sets of skills – software developers, middle/department managers and financial/project accountants.

Software development remains a much-needed skill set on the South African job market. Over 24% of vacancies on CareerJunction are IT related, with most allocated to software developers.

Middle/department managers also remain highly sought-after, particularly finance managers, who take up their share of over 40% of associated jobs.

There is also a growing demand for professionals in financial/project accounting. Since January, demand for these professionals has strengthened by more than 25%. Despite the growing labour demand, the job market remains competitive, CareerJunction said.

“An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors (indicated by the above graph) provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place,” CareerJunction said.

“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. The opposite is seen for some industries.”

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