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These skills could guarantee you a Job

These skills could guarantee you a Job

Despite South Africa’s alarming unemployment data, the latest CareerJunction Index serves to remind job seekers that there is still a considerable demand for skilled workers in the country.

The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the job market. In October the CJI was marginally higher than September but still placed under the job market balance of 100.  If the index score is below 100 points, it indicates that there are more employment seekers than available positions.  This makes for a highly competitive environment with several skilled workers vying for the same job.

“While job search activity increased by 15% compared to September, recruitment activity increased by 9%. Trending jobs in South Africa include client/customer support, business development and admin clerk,” said CareerJunction.  Top employment sectors at this stage are business and management, sales, ICT, marketing, cleaning, maintenance and repairs, and architecture and engineering.   Throughout the lockdown, the most in-demand job skills was software development skills, management skills, and sales consultants.

The IT sector has been experiencing continuous growth in recruitment activity over the last three months. Software development skills remain the most sought-after of the IT skills, according to CareerJunction.  Managerial skills are also in high demand, particularly for candidates with experience and skills in finance. The last four months also saw an increase in demand for sales staff.

Trending jobs currently include:

Client / Customer Support

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position:

  • GP R16,013 to R20,845
  • WC R16,701 to R20,827
  • KZN R15,040 to R19,317

Business Development

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position:

  • GP R25,155 to R32,369
  • WC R19,478 to R23,250
  • KZN R18,143 to R23,048

Administration Clerk

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position:

  • GP R12,698 to R15,985
  • WC R11,425 to R14,123
  • KZN R8,995 to R11,200

Supply and demand

The IT, business & management and finance sectors are without doubt the most sought after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors.  Even though these skills are in high demand, the supply of skilled workers are still considerably higher than positions available.

It is also interesting to note the decline in the demand for health workers due mostly to the fewer coronavirus cases.

Unemployment crisis

The loss of an alarming 2.2-million jobs pushed the unemployment rate to 43.1%.  Government has taken steps to temporarily alleviate some of the pressure by launching initiatives to place 800,000 South Africans in jobs in a short period of time.  In April president Ramaphosa announced that R100 billion would be allocated for employment protection and creation.  The Presidential Employment Stimulus will aim to create and sustain 800,000 jobs with R12.6 billion committed in the current financial year and an additional investment of R100 billion over the next three years.

One of the initiatives created by government is the digital platform for recruitment and candidate matching  www.sayouth.mobi.  The Department of Basic Education is already using this platform to place 300,00 w





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