CareerJunction’s latest Industry Report highlighted the jobs which saw the steepest salary hikes in South Africa right now – with monthly salaries increasing by as much as 19% year-on-year.

The report provides a detailed analysis of the current online job market in South Africa, focusing on the supply and demand for different occupations.

The data used in the report was collected from 5,000 major recruiters, agencies, and employers who advertise job vacancies on the CareerJunction portal.

The latest Industry Report by the company indicates a significant 13% decrease in hiring in September 2023 compared to the previous year, with a 12% decrease in activity compared to July 2023.

The decline in hiring activity is mainly due to a sharp drop in hiring for Admin, Office & Support professionals. However, despite the decline, some jobs are still in high demand in South Africa, such as Building & Construction, which has seen a 22% increase in demand compared to the previous year.

Based on the advertised vacancies during the last 12 months in South Africa, the highest-paying sectors were Business & Management, Information Technology, and Architecture & Engineering.

Executive Management or Director is currently the highest-paying position in the country, with a monthly salary ranging between R91,667 and R125,000.

The second highest-paying position is a Technical or Business Architect, with a monthly salary ranging between R65,000 and R90,000.

A Consultant Engineer holds the third position, with a median salary between R43,204 and R70,833 per month.

The fourth and fifth positions are held by Mechanical and Civil or Structural Engineers, respectively, with monthly salaries ranging from R33,333 to R66,667 and R41,667 to R65,833.

Jobs with the steepest year-on-year increase in salary

As part of the report, when comparing salary offers of the highest-paying professions, CareerJunction noted a growing salary trend was evident in specific sectors – driven mainly by an increase in demand for particular skills and general talent scarcity.

According to the report, Technical / Business Architecture saw the steepest increase in salary – rising 19% to around R65,000 to R90,000 per month.

This was followed by Database Design / Development / Administration in 2nd, with salary offers rising by 18% to between R45,000 and R65,000. Product Management ranked 3rd, with a 12% hike in salary over the past 12 months.

The rest of the top five jobs that saw the steepest salary increases in South Africa, including those mentioned above, are given in the table below.

#RoleSectorMonthly salary bracket% y-o-y change
1Technical / Business ArchitectureInformation TechnologyR65 000 to R90 000+19%
2Database Design / Development / AdministrationInformation TechnologyR45 000 to R65 000+18%
3Product ManagementMarketingR40 000 to R55 000+12%
4Civil / Structural EngineeringArchitecture & EngineeringR41 667 to R65 833+8%
5Middle / Department ManagementBusiness & ManagementR45 000 to R58 333+8%

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