Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Developers and engineers most needed in South Africa

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Jobs in South Africa

Research from Adzuna South Africa (, shows that science, technology, engineering and mathematics are still the best skills to have to ensure a good job, stable career and better-than-average salary.

Using Adzuna’s advanced search function on exact words in job listing business titles, the top titles being advertised for in South Africa were generated. While “manager” does not declare any exact specialty except for management skills, it is clear that the focus in SA is currently on technical skills, followed by consultants, financial and administrative vacancies.   Looking at salaries for the job listings that included them, engineers and programmers/developers pave the way, with analyst positions also showing a higher average than most.   The ten most prolific job titles currently being recruited for on are:

Table 1: Job title includes Amount Average salary manager 19133 484938 developer 13415 486281 engineer 7828 565653 consultant 5066 275716 accountant 3638 415556 analyst 3580 529491 assistant 3441 168280 administrator 2934 205468 officer 2639 281632 specialist 2458 500010 clerk 2154 133952 executive 2127 307892 recruiter 1994 475724 technician 1969 269947 java developer 1942 525369 sales consultant 1785 191532   Other than Java, much needed programming and development skills are PHP and the Microsoft suite of languages, including .Net and C#. Mobile developer skills are also on the rise.   With a less focused search, some trends (rather than exact titles) were picked up around skills sought after in the South Africa job market.

The database includes at this point in time:

  • 35,748 Developer jobs with an average salary of R475,488
  • 21,032 Engineer jobs with an average salary of R529,620
  • 18,536 Consultant jobs with an average salary of R425,383
  • 17,767 Designer jobs with an average salary of R512,209
  • 17,744 Sales jobs with an average salary of R258,912 (3,895 Sales Manager jobs with an average salary of R347,807)
  • 17,524 Recruiter jobs with an average salary of R428,237
  • 13,247 Administrator jobs with an average salary of R284,699
  • 8,527 Project manager jobs with an average salary of R548,411
  • 5,084 Analyst jobs with an average salary of R530,840
  • 4,910 Accountant jobs with an average salary of R437,422
  • 4,258 Java jobs with an average salary of R548,432

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About Adzuna

Adzuna is a search engine for job ads used by millions of visitors per month that aims to list every job, everywhere. We search thousands of websites so our users don't have to, bringing together millions of ads in one place. By providing smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, we give jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers. Adzuna’s data also powers a number of economic dashboards globally. was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures. Adzuna’s mission is to be the best place to start looking for a job.  We love using the awesome power of technology to help match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and keep employees, companies and countries working well.

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