These are the most demanded professional skills in South Africa right now
The CareerJunction job portal has released its latest employment index, highlighting the current state of the labor market in the country.
the CareerJunction Index (CJI) reached 108 index points in June 2021 due to a decline in job search activity, down 7%. “As a result, job seekers face less competition in the current job market,” he said.
CJI represents the dynamics of online work in the country by providing a detailed analysis of the relative relationship of supply and demand in the online labor market.
It’s based on analysis of data collected from the CareerJunction website – where around 3,000 of the nation’s top recruiters advertise their positions to millions of registered job seekers.
The latest research shows that the following professional fields are currently the most sought-after skills in the job market:
- Software development: Software developers and programmers remain in high demand in the South African job market. The demand for software development skills increased 23% between Q1 and Q2 2021.
- Middle managers: Job seekers with managerial skills face good job prospects. CFOs, as well as business managers, are in high demand.
- Sales representative or adviser: Year over year, the demand for business advisers has increased by more than 50%, indicating an improvement in employment opportunities since last year.
CareerJunction said the following trending jobs point to positions that have become more popular in the online workforce and have seen a recent surge in demand.
General Management / Director
Average salary offers for a management position:
- GP: R87,457 to R117,422 pm
- WC: 79 703 R to 109 395 R
- KZN: 87 524 R to 104 682 R
Representative / Sales consultant
Average salary offers for a mid-level position:
- GP: 15,067 R to 22,253 R
- WC: 17,427 R to 22,476 R
- KZN: 15,067 R to 21,167 R
Administration / IT project management
Average salary offers for an intermediate position:
- GP: 49 852 R to 67 097 R
- WC: 49 254 R to 62 310 R
- KZN: 39 537 R to 48 204 R
Supply and demand
An overview of job vacancy levels in various industries gives a good indication of where the majority of jobs are located.
According to CareerJunction, the IT, business and management and finance sectors are the most sought after sectors, followed by sales, administration, office and support, architecture and engineering, among others.
“When looking at job seekers active in various sectors, areas of high supply are closely related to areas of high demand, but supply exceeds demand in some areas, which leads to competition.
environment for job seekers, ”the group said.
Here, the administration, office and support sector is quite competitive, as is the business and management sector, he said.
Main employment sectors
The following sectors show an increasing hiring trend, indicating better prospects for job seekers:
- Administration, office and support
- Business and management
- Warehousing and logistics
“Since January, recruiting activity has increased significantly in the areas of administration, office and support, business and management, finance, sales, ICT and warehousing and logistics, ”said CareerJunction. mentionned.
“In particular, vacancies in ICT have increased significantly in the first six months of 2021. Recruitment activity for ICT professionals increased by 23% from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2021.
The remaining sectors – namely manufacturing and assembly, marketing, medicine and health, and building and construction – have shown fluctuating or volatile hiring trends, meaning that job seekers may have trouble finding work in these fields.
A notable decline in recruiting activity in the second quarter of 2021 is evident for professionals in the medical and healthcare, marketing and manufacturing and assembly industries, CareerJunction said.
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