Most sought-after employees in South Africa

If you work in, or are about to enter the IT, finance, or engineering sectors in South Africa, we have some good news – you are in high demand.

According to CareerJunction’s latest Index report, employees in these three industries are at the top when it comes to desirability in South Africa.

Information technology and finance employees were a clear first and second, respectively, with engineering in a distant third.

The report also showed that there is strong hiring growth in the SA IT and telecommunications job markets.

The graphs below show which employees are in high demand and in high supply in SA – categorised by industry.

Employees in high demand in SA

Vacancy levels across industries.

High in demand
High in demand

Employees in high supply in SA

Job seekers across industries.

High in supply
High in supply

Top employment sectors

The CareerJunction report also details the top employment sectors in the country, based on online hiring activity.

The top five sectors as of the end of July 2015 were:

  1. Information Technology
  2. Medical
  3. Engineering
  4. Mining
  5. Hospitality

Industry trends

CareerJunction’s report touched on demand trends across employment industries in SA, focusing on which sectors were hiring and which were not.

Hiring growth over the past three months – top and bottom 3 industries

  1. Human Resources and Recruitment: 60%
  2. Admin, Office and Support: 55%
  3. Commercial Services: 53%
  1. Sports and Fitness: -39%
  2. Social and Community: -38%
  3. Building and Construction: -25%

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