Joburg offers four times as many jobs as Pretoria, Cape Town second

Job availability in South Africa is on the rise at the start of 2016, according to the latest research from job search site Adzuna. Jobseekers should head to cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town Metro and Tshwane where there are more vacancies open to prospective candidates. Chatsworth is officially the hardest place in South Africa to find work, with the fewest available vacancies, with Zululand currently offering the lowest average advertised salaries.

The top 50 cities in South Africa were ranked by comparing the job vacancies in Adzuna’s comprehensive search index of over 110,000 live jobs and advertised salaries in each city in April 2016. Adzuna also analysed the distribution of job titles and categories to determine which jobs are in hottest demand in each city or province.

Best cities to find a job – Johannesburg, Cape Town (Metro) and Tshwane top the list of easiest places to find a job in the country. No surprises, although many mining areas in the northern parts of South Africa are especially interesting as the salaries proportionate to the amount of jobs available are much higher than general. The North-West Province, for example, won the rank of first for the highest salary average, pushed up by mining salaries on a lower base than the more populated areas.

Worst cities to find a job – Chatsworth and Kuruman (Ga-Segonyana district) are the hardest areas in SA to find a job with just 11 vacancies currently being advertised, closely followed by Lichtenberg, Faerie Glen, Meyerton and Blouberg (Limpopo) to round out the worst 6 areas. Unsurprisingly, availability for jobs in the capital Tshawne is booming with 6,191 roles available.

Employers are loosening the purse strings – Average salaries in a number of cities are rising, which may reflect a deeper need to attract rarer skills, as well as line up with the current inflation figures. South Africans saw a 6% rise in salaries offered for the same positions over the first quarter of 2016.

Sector Hot Spots – IT and Engineering are the top hiring sectors nationally with over 10,000 jobs advertised currently. The greatest growth in job stock can be seen in the technical industries, boasting over 40,000 job opportunities between them.

“South Africa is facing some tough economic times, due to a number of global pressures as well as local events” says Jesse Green, Country Manager for Adzuna in South Africa. “This can be seen in the rise in salaries and the amount of positions, as companies vie for talent and attract skills with much needed higher wages. The data also reflects the Reserve Bank’s recent decisions to increase the interest rate.”

Data tables follow.

Table 1: Best cities to find a job

Rank

City

Advertised Vacancies (Apr 2016)

1

Johannesburg (including northern Johannesburg)

25,571

2

Cape Town (Metro)

13,315

3

Tshwane

6,191

4

eThwekwini (including Durban)

4,692

5

Ekurhuleni

3,402

Table 2: Worst cities to find a job

Rank

City

Advertised Vacancies (Apr 2016)

1

Chatsworth

11

2

Kuruman

11

3

Ga-Segonyana

12

4

Lichtenburg

13

5

Faerie Glen

14

Table 3: Best paying provinces in South Africa

Rank

Province

Average Advertised Salary (Apr 2016)

1

North West

R453,050

2

Limpopo

R392,419

3

Gauteng

R385,477

4

Mpumalanga

R381,850

5

Western Cape

R336,248

Table 4: Worst-paying cities in South Africa

Rank

City

Average Advertised Salary (Apr 2016)

1

Zululand

R82,950

2

Soweto

R91,846

3

Queensburgh

R98,475

4

Diep River

R99,428

5

Berea Road

R102,942

Table 5: Top hiring/paying sectors

Rank

Sector

Number of Vacancies

 

1

IT

15,051

2

Engineering

13,627

3

Accounting or Finance

11,569

4

Consultancy

6,557

5

Mining

5,919

-ENDS-

 

About Adzuna

jobseekers the information they need to take control of their careers. number of economic dashboards globally.

we give

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,

Adzuna’s data also powers a

Adzuna.co.uk 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.

For more information please contact Jesse Green on email jesse@adzuna.com.

Author: PR Officer

Share This Post On

Leave a Reply