These are the most in demand job skills in South Africa right now

Job portal Career published its Employment Insights for August 2022, highlighting the job skills that are most in demand in South Africa right now.

The report is based on comprehensive data collected by Saongroup South Africa, where some 5,000 of the country’s top recruiters advertise their positions to millions of registered job seekers.

According to the index, job hiring activity continued to grow in August, trending far above the levels seen a year ago.


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CareerJunction highlighted the increase in hiring activity in the finance, business management and IT sectors. In each sector, different roles were advertised more frequently:

Finance + 9%

  • Financial or project accounting
  • Wages and salaries
  • Accounts payable or assets
  • Credit management
  • Cost accounting and management
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • Internal audit

Information technology + 8%

  • software development
  • Systems analysis
  • Technical or business architecture
  • IT project administration or management
  • Database design or development or administration
  • Data analysis or data warehousing
  • Business analysis
  • Systems or network administration

Business and management + 5%

  • Media or departmental management
  • business development
  • Personnel recruitment or selection
  • Management or Executive Director
  • Infrastructure or operational consultancy
  • Team leaders and supervisors
  • Senior executives

The group said there has been no significant decline in hiring activity for any of the industries assessed. However, he noted an increase in applicants applying for jobs from the design, media and arts sectors, as well as those from the education and health sectors.

“There has been an increase in the need for health workers during 2020 due to Covid. Most provinces show reduced recruitment activity for medical personnel since the end of the pandemic, “the group said.

Most of the hiring activity takes place in Gauteng (54%), it is said, followed by Western Cape (21%) and KwaZulu Natal (11%). In particular, hiring activity from international markets remains at 3%.

Gauteng and the Western Cape recorded a notable increase in hiring activity for the manufacturing and assembly sectors, although in KZN this is decreasing. The Western Cape is also seeing increased demand for warehouse and logistics candidates.


Architecture and Engineering

The job portal found significant growth in job opportunities in South Africa’s architecture and engineering sectors.

Most of the hiring activity for these industries takes place in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, with employers looking for candidates with tertiary education (diploma or higher).

Poor skills in this area include:

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • electronic Engineering
  • Civil / structural engineering

Select market-related salaries offered for the most in-demand skills include:

  • Mechanical engineer – from R45.319 to R60.304
  • Electrical engineer – from R37.526 to R47.778
  • Industrial engineer – from R26.351 to R34.864

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