In July, labor demand fell 6% while job search activity did not change significantly, according to new data from job search specialists CareerJunction. The group’s CJI leveled off at 94 index points, indicating increased competition in the job search market.
The CareerJunction Index (CJI) tracks online workforce dynamics in the country by providing a detailed analysis of the relative balance of supply and demand in the online job market.
It is based on an analysis of data gathered from the CareerJunction website – where around 3,000 of the country’s top recruiters advertise their positions with millions of registered job seekers.
The latest research shows that the following occupational fields are currently the most sought-after qualifications on the job market:
- Software development: The demand for software developers has increased in recent months. Compared to the previous year, the recruiting activity increased by 33%.
- Middle / department head: Leadership skills are still in demand. Since January, middle / department manager recruitment activity has increased 18%.
- Representative / Sales Advisor: Sales consultants remain in high demand on the local job market despite fluctuating recruitment activities. Sales consultant recruitment activity increased 22% year over year.
CareerJunction said the following trending jobs indicate positions that have become more popular in the online job market and have seen a surge in demand recently.
Systems / network administration
Average salary offer for a middle position:
- GP R35.265 to R47.947 pm
- WC R30.133 to R43.256
- ID number R25.920 to R30.640
Team leader & supervisor
- GP R26.302 to R33.532 pm
- WC R22.957 to R29.126
- ID number R19.357 to R29.676
- GP R45.277 to R58.545 pm
- WC R40.498 to R53.365
- KZN No information available.
Top employment sectors
According to CareerJunction, significant online demand indicates positive employment trends.
Recent online recruitment activity identified five sectors with promising employment prospects: information technology, architecture and engineering, sales, business and administration, and manufacturing and assembly.
supply and demand
An overview of the number of vacancies in different sectors gives a good indication of where most of the employment takes place.
According to CareerJunction, the IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly the most popular sectors, followed by sales, administration, office & support and architecture & engineering, among others.
When looking at active job seekers from different sectors, areas with high supply correlate closely with areas with high demand. However, in some areas, supply exceeds demand, creating a competitive environment for job seekers, CareerJunction said.
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