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THE MOST IN-DEMAND JOB SKILLS IN SOUTH AFRICA RIGHT NOW

Staff Writer - 22 March 2023


Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its employment insights report for February 2023, highlighting the job skills that are most in demand in South Africa right now.

The report is based on comprehensive data gathered from Saongroup South Africa – where around 5,000 of the country’s top recruiters advertise their positions to millions of registered jobseekers.


Hiring activity increased by 2% from February 2022 to February 2023 (year-on-year), the group noted, with recruitment activity increasing 8% over the last month.

This is a stark contrast to data from the start of the year which showed that hiring activity was down quite significantly and no specific job categories were in high demand.

The increase in hiring activity has been driven by growth in demand for Business & Management, Information Technology, Finance as well as Admin, Office & Support staff during the month, CareerJunction said.


However, since the increases in hiring activity across these four sectors is very recent, this trend is not reflected in the group’s three-month analysis.


In fact, the three-month trend analysis shows that hiring activity and employment trends are still largely subdued, with only the warehousing and logistics and building and construction sectors showing longer-term demand.


The most significant shifts are as follows:

In these fields, during the last three months, hiring activity grew by the percentage shown. Roles in the sub-sectors shown have been advertised more frequently.


Building and Construction +2%

  • Electrician

  • Construction worker

Warehousing and Logistics +1%

  • Dispatch and receiving

Conversely, there has been a sharp drop in demand for two other sectors, with Admin, Office and Support hiring activity dropping 17% and IT hiring activity dropping 14%, the group said.


In these fields, during the last three months, hiring activity declined by the percentage shown. Roles in the sub-sectors shown have been advertised less frequently.

Information Technology -14%

  • Business analysis

  • Software development

  • Database design/development/admin

  • Data analysis/Data warehousing

Admin, Office and Support – 17%

  • Teller/Cashier


People looking for jobs

While hiring activity remains subdued, CareerJunction noted an increase in candidates signing up and applying for jobs from the design, media and arts, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.


This implies that there is in increased number of journalists, graphic designers, web designers, waiters, artisans, machinists and controllers in the market, but not the demand from employers for those skills.


Most of the jobs on offer are still mostly based in Gauteng, where 54% of recruitment ads are placed. This is followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

For design and media jobs, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have seen a downturn in hiring activity when comparing the last three months compared with the same period a year ago. On the other hand, Gauteng has shown consistent growth in hiring activity for this sector over the last three years, CareerJunction said.


For sales and marketing, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have seen consistent growth in hiring activity for this sector over the last three years. The Western Cape, however, has seen a 19% decline year-on-year.


According to CareerJunction finance jobs remain in demand, with most people in this field (61%) based in Gauteng, followed by the Western Cape and KZN (13% each).


Job roles within the sector are still in demand, with the group highlighting accountants, bookkeepers and creditors clerks are being sought after where positions are available.

Some pay scales for positions in the finance sector include:

  • Payroll Administrator: from R18,958 to R21,872 per month

  • Creditors Clerk: from R15,801 to R18,682 per month

  • Financial Controller: from R46,322 to R59,618 per month



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