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

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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.

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