Employment trends in South Africa right now
Career Junction has recently released its list of employment trends in South Africa right now. The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market. The CJI is based on comprehensive data gathered from the Career Junction website.
The Index settled at 98 index points, indicating a slight uptake in job seeker activity while skills demand remained stable. A score below 100 suggests:
- More job opportunities for potential job seekers.
- Less potential job seekers per job advert.
- Recruitment will be more difficult due to less potential job seekers per job advert.
The Index reports that jobs in the medical, engineering, construction and business & management sectors consistently remain low. However, 2019 has so far shown positive growth in the marketing, sales, admin, office & support and manufacturing sectors.
Jobs in roles in accounts payable and receivable, database design, development and administration, and client/customer support have been trending on the Career Junction website.
The most wanted skills at the moment are:
- Software development
- Middle/department management
- Financial/project accounting
The Index lists the top 5 employment sectors that show promising and positive employment prospects.:
- Information Technology
- Architecture & Engineering
- Cleaning, Maintenance, and Repair
- Business & Management
- Manufacturing & Assembly
When looking at active job seekers across various sectors (indicated by the Supply graph), areas of high supply correlate closely to areas of high demand, however, supply outstrips demand in some areas, leading to a competitive environment for job seekers. The opposite is seen for some industries. Despite volatile skills demand in the financial, ICT and medical sectors, medical jobs remain considerably lower year-on-year. However, demand shows positive growth since the end of last year across all of these sectors. Year-on-year, job volumes remain notably lower in the engineering and construction sectors as well as the business & management sector. This comes after a dip in jobs during the final quarter of last year. An uptake in jobs is evident in the marketing, sales, admin, office & support and manufacturing sectors since the onset of 2019. This follows a steady downward trend during the final quarter of last year.
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