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

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Vacancies portal CareerJunction has published its Employment Insights for August 2022, highlighting the vocational skills currently most in demand in South Africa.

The report is based on extensive data gathered from Saongroup South Africa, where around 5,000 of the country’s top recruiters advertise their job openings to millions of registered job seekers.

According to the index, employment activity continued to rise in August, a trend much higher than a year ago.


In-demand jobs

CareerJunction pointed to increasing recruitment activity in the financial, business management and IT sectors. Different roles have been advertised more often in each industry:

Finance +9%

  • Financial or project accounting
  • Salary and wages
  • Creditors or debtors
  • credit management
  • Cost and management accounting
  • Purchasing and Purchasing
  • Accountancy
  • Financial analysis
  • Internal control
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Information Technology +8%

  • Software development
  • System analysis
  • Technical or business architecture
  • IT project management or management
  • Database design or development or management
  • Data analysis or data storage
  • Business Analysis
  • System or network management

Business and management +5%

  • Middle or department management
  • Business Development
  • Recruitment or selection of personnel
  • Executive Management or Director
  • Infrastructure or operational advice
  • Team leader and supervisor
  • Higher management

The group said there has been no significant decline in hiring activity for any of the industries it assesses. However, it noted an increase in the number of candidates applying for jobs from the design, media and arts sectors, as well as from education and healthcare.

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“As a result of Covid, there was a greater need for medical staff in 2020. Most provinces have shown reduced recruitment activity for medical personnel since the end of the pandemic,” the group said.

Most recruitment activities take place in Gauteng (54%), followed by the Western Cape (21%) and KwaZulu Natal (11%). In particular, the recruitment activity in international markets remains at 3%.

Gauteng and the Western Cape have seen a notable increase in hiring activity for the manufacturing and assembly sector, although this is declining in KZN. The Western Cape is also seeing an increasing demand for warehousing and logistics candidates.

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Architecture and technology

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

Most of the recruitment activities for these sectors take place in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, with employers looking for candidates with tertiary education (degree or above).

Scarce skills in this sector include:

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Electronic technology
  • Civil/construction engineering

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

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

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