10 Most In-Demand Jobs In South Africa

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South Africa’s troubled economy was already in the midst of a recession in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In response, the government has cut spending and raised taxes, triggering inflation that has been rising for 10 months past a 20 percent annual rate.

This year, the United States has seen a significant loss of jobs and an increase in poverty. In a country where 18% of the population is already living in poverty, combined with the damage inflicted throughout 2020, issues like food insecurity and ongoing loss of jobs have exacerbated these struggles.

The economy of South Africa has been through its fair share of ups and downs. The severe economic recession that started in late 2021, triggered by the global economic crises and the energy shortage, had a devastating effect on job creation. However, government subsidies and a slowly rebounding economy have resulted in major shifts in job acquisition. Skilled candidates are finding themselves able to re-enter the workforce––and with a population of nearly 60 million people, South Africa will need to accommodate with positions.

The more in-demand skills you have, the better your chances will be at getting hired. And when it comes to finding work in South Africa, it’s important to keep up with what skills are in high demand in various industries. To help you out, here are some of the most popular and fastest-growing job trends you need to know about.

Looking for your next job? Check out our lists of the most in-demand skills and the most in-demand jobs in South Africa in 2022.

1. Agricultural Engineer

Top companies hiring: Hire Resolve, Space Makers, University of Venda, Eastern Cape Agricultural Dept.

Salary range: R 600, 000 – 700,000

2. Software Engineer

Top companies hiring: Rewardsco, Standard Bank, Yoco Technologies

Salary range: R 500,000 – 700,000

3. Customer Support Specialist

Top companies hiring: Maersk, Roche, RJ Personnel  

Salary range: R 1500,000 – 300,000

4. Manufacturing Manager

Top companies hiring: Network Recruitment (South Africa), Prostaff Holdings, British American Tobacco

Salary range: R 500,000 – 600,000

5. Proofreader

Top companies hiring: FirstRand, Ad Talent Africa, Valenture Institute, Ltd.

Salary range: R 350,000 – 400,000

6. Credit Manager

Top companies hiring: TransUnion, Paton Personnel, Vodafone

Salary range: R 500,000 – 650,000

7. Office Administrator

Top companies hiring: Department of Environmental Affairs, Luxaviation, Ciazcon

Salary range: R 300,000 – 450,000

8. Front End Web Developer

Top companies hiring: Summit Africa Recruitment, PBT Group, Diebold Nixdorf

Salary range: R 400,000 – 450,000

9. Logistics Manager (Supply Chain)

Top companies hiring: Kimberly-Clark, Prosperitas Personnel, Genpact

Salary range: R 700,000 – 800,000

10. Junior Secondary School Teacher

Top companies hiring: St. Peter’s Prep, Curro Holdings, Au Pair Extraordinaire  

Salary range: R 100,000 – 200,000


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