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

Jobs portal CareerJunction published its Employment Insights for May 2022, highlighting the most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now.

The insights report replaces CareerJunction’s former Job Supply and Demand Index, taking a closer look at which job sectors across the country are currently hiring and which positions are most in demand.

The report is based on comprehensive data collected from Saongroup South Africa – where around 5,000 of the country’s top recruiters (agencies and employers) advertise their positions to millions of registered job seekers.

After the slight decline in advertised vacancies in April, there was a slight increase in recruitment activity in May 2022. Online recruitment activity continues to show a positive trajectory, with a 24% increase between May 2021 and May 2022, the group said.

Data from CareerJunction shows that there was a seasonally adjusted increase of 4% in average vacancies per month between the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. There was a further increase in job openings in April and in May. The monthly average of job vacancies has increased by 8% since the fourth quarter of 2021.

Job seekers in administration, office and support; warehousing and logistics; finance; cleaning, maintenance and repair and architecture and engineering are also seeing improved employment prospects since the start of the year.

Vacancies within these employment sectors have increased by more than 17% since the fourth quarter of 2021. Vacancies in building and construction; Sales; and business and management are up 8% to 13% since the last quarter of 2021, the data shows.


Professional skills sought

Manufacturing and assembly, finance, business and management, and administration, office and support saw the largest increase in hiring activity, CareerJunction said.

It has recorded increasing hiring activity in four main sectors over the past three months. In each sector, several positions were advertised more frequently.

Manufacturing and assembly +22%

  • Machinist
  • Factory / Product Control
  • Quality control

Admin, office and support +19%

  • Office manager
  • Customer / Customer Support
  • Human ressources
  • Switchboard / Reception
  • secretary

Finance +17%

  • Account bookkeeping
  • Analytical and management accounting
  • Accounts payable/receivable
  • Purchasing and Supply
  • Financial / project accounting

Business and management +12%

  • Intermediate Management / Department
  • Team Leader and Supervisor
  • Recruitment / Selection of staff
  • General Management / Director
  • The senior management

Downward Hiring Trends

Conversely, CareerJunction also tracked a drop in hiring activity in some sectors — specifically, two positions within the IT space.

Computer science -3%

  • Software development
  • Data Analysis / Data Warehousing

“Although information technology continues to be the best performing employment sector in South Africa, it is interesting to observe that hiring activity in this field has declined by 3% over the past last three months.

“This decline can be partly attributed to increased emigration as travel restrictions are relaxed as well as the growing trend of ‘digital nomads’ in the IT space,” CareerJunction said.

The career expert noted an upward trend in the number of candidates signing up to search and apply for jobs in education training and library, manufacturing and assembly, and medical and healthcare sectors.


Target sectors

CareerJunction has highlighted administrative, clerical and support jobs in South Africa, with this sector still showing demand for applicants. The most in-demand skills include:

  • Customer and customer support
  • Office manager
  • Human ressources

The majority of administrative, clerical and support positions are for Gauteng (60%), followed by Western Cape (14%) and KwaZulu Natal (13%). Nearly half of all job seekers in this sector say they are willing to move to another province for employment – ​​and most stay in the sector for 26 months.

Salaries in the sector for some jobs include:

  • Administration employee: R15 265: R18,775
  • Call center operator: R11,730- R14,723
  • Call Center Supervisor: R20,469 – R23,302

Regionally, CareerJunction noted that Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal have all shown growing demand for professionals in the design, media, arts, architecture and engineering as well as legal sectors. over the past two years.

The Western Cape has seen a decrease in hiring activity for design, media and arts professionals between 2020 and 2021. Similar trends were evident for architectural and engineering professionals in the Western Cape and of KwaZulu Natal between 2020 and 2021.

Overall, however, recruiting activity has increased significantly across all three professional sectors over the past 12 months, he said.


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