Jobs That Are In High Demand In SA 2021

Jobs That Are In High Demand In SA 2021

Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its latest index for 2021, showing the job skills that are currently in high demand among employers in South Africa.

The CareerJunction Index (CJI) represents online labor dynamics in the country by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online job market.

It turns out that there are more job seekers than job opportunities, and reflects a more competitive environment for those looking for work.

During the first quarter of 2021 CareerJunction said its data showed that recruitment activity has increased for professionals in:






The ‘big three’ skills remain most in-demand, having featured on the index for the last year. This Includes:

software development, where demand increased by 20% during March. Over 1,000 vacancies put up by recruiters or employers in the month require programming or development skills, it said.

Middle and department managers also remain high in demand. Currently, finance managers, as well as business development managers and sales managers, are particularly sought-after.

The last of the big three is representative or sales consulting, CareerJunction said.

“Demand for sales consultants has been increasing during the first quarter of 2021. Since January hiring activity for sales consultants increased by 16%,” it said.

Trending jobs

On top of the job skills in demand, CareerJunction highlighted three job types that have drawn interest from both job seekers and recruiters.  These are positions that have become more popular in the online job market and have seen a recent spike in demand. These include:

Data Analysis / Data Warehousing

Business Development.

Systems / Network Administration

Supply and demand

An overview of vacancy levels across various sectors (demand) provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place. The IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly the most sought-after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed.

When looking at active job seekers across various sectors (supply), 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, CareerJunction said.

However, despite an overall uptake in hiring activity, demand seems very volatile for professionals in admin, office & support, architecture & engineering, medical & health, marketing, business & management as well as manufacturing & assembly, it said.

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