Skills are gold earners

2015-04-19 15:00

Joburg is the place to be when it comes to earning the highest salaries in the country

If you want to live the South African dream – of success and prosperity – recent research shows that you should be an engineer or an information technology professional and live in Gauteng.

Recruitment website CareerJunction’s latest salary review, which was released this week, showed just that.

The survey is based on actual salary offerings on the company’s website.

The average salaries for more than 100 jobs across 10 sectors show that the best-paid employees are in information and communication technology, finance and engineering, with some salaries stretching to more than R45?000 a month – and much higher at senior management level.

The lowest earners are professionals in admin, office and support, design, media, arts, manufacturing and assembly, as well as in warehousing and logistics. Some salaries in these sectors start as low as R5?600 a month.

The fields that earn more money are generally the ones where skills demand is high, but there is no steady supply.

The CareerJunction Index for the first quarter of this year shows that for every advert placed on its website in the information technology sector, there were only three potential jobseekers available. Compare this to an advert for a vacancy in the media sector, where about 80 potential jobseekers are available.

These findings echo a survey released by online job-search portal Careers24 earlier this month.

According to Careers24, there was a 67% increase in demand for technology candidates in the first quarter of 2015.

However, the data from Careers24 also showed that there was a higher supply in some fields than demand.

There was a 34% increase in demand for candidates in the accounting sector, while the supply for accounting jobs grew by 93%, among candidates looking for jobs.

A similar trend was found in the manufacturing sector. There was a 39% increase in demand for candidates in this sector, while the supply grew by 90%.

The idea of Johannesburg as the city of gold is given further credence by the survey, which indicated this through salaries in many sectors.

“All salaries provided in the report are average salaries. However, once you start looking at regional disparities, it becomes clear that professionals in Gauteng are higher earners than those in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

“While there may be various reasons behind these differences in remuneration, there is evidence of higher demand for various skill sets within Gauteng,” said Paul Byrne, managing director of CareerJunction.

Information and communication technology professionals who work in KwaZulu-Natal earn 20% less than their counterparts in Gauteng.

Those working in the design, media or arts sector and living in the Western Cape earn up to 10% more than their counterparts living in Gauteng.

In all other sectors covered by the survey, Gauteng professionals earned more than those in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

A recruitment professional said this was due to the high number of big businesses in Gauteng more than anywhere else in the country, and highly skilled professionals were always in demand and could easily drive up their salaries.

She added that the level of responsibility in Gauteng-based businesses could, in some sectors, be higher than that in other provinces.

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