South African Jobs That Are In High Demand Right Now



South Africa’s economy is struggling with numerous challenges, including high unemployment rates amongst the youth. This is why individuals are encouraged to pursue careers that are in demand.



Jobs that are in high demand refer to occupations that show relatively high employment growth based on past, present and future trends.

This means that young people who have the necessary skills and qualifications within in these fields are more likely to find a job.

Therefore, encouraging young people to pursue in-demand jobs, it also means that South Africa will have people with the skills needed to grow the economy.

According to data from the Career Junction “Employment Insights” report the most in-demand jobs in South Africa right now in light of an increase in overall hiring activity.

The data for the report was gathered from 5,000 of the country’s largest recruiters, agencies, and employers who advertise job positions on the CareerJunction portal.

The report showed that when compared to the year before, between January 2022 and January 2023 marked a 3% increase in hiring; however, there was a 3% decline in hiring activity from December 2022 to January 2023 (month-on-month).

Growth in hiring activity in the Architecture & Engineering and Building & Construction sectors have increased and show demand in these fields:

Architecture & Engineering:

  • Electrical engineers
  • Other Architecture & engineering

Building & Construction:

  • Electrician
  • Construction works

Meanwhile, The Business & Management, Sales, Information Technology and Admin, Office & Support sectors have seen the biggest decline in hiring activity over the past few months.

Further research from various reports show that the following jobs have also been in demand:

  • Internal audit manager
  • Business development manager: Insurance
  • Head of operations: Chartered insurance brokers
  • Corporate finance: Mergers and acquisition
  • Supply chain planning
  • Demand planner
  • Procurement manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Plant supervisors
  • Commercial finance manager and controller
  • Tax-orientated roles
  • Finance manager

As new businesses and organisations enter the market, new positions are created in the respective industries, especially in fastest-growing industries. Which then increases demand for certain skilled personnel. 


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