Strange skills sought in SA

2017-02-06 09:58

Some strange skills are being sought in SA!

Do you know anyone with these strange skills?

Collecting online jobs from all over the South African Internet landscape, lists over 130,000 unique job listings in the country. The jobs cover a very wide selection of industries, since they originate from company websites, recruitment agency sites and job boards throughout SA. While these are deemed "strange skills", in essence they are rarely seen by the general public on job websites.


While this job title is foreign to many of us, the job itself is quite specialised. Phlebotomists are people who study in the medical field and are able to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, research and more. Phlebotomists usually collect the blood samples by using a technique called venipuncture and use vials to transport the samples to where they need to go. Adzuna had 9 phlebotomist jobs listed around South Africa in January 2017.


People tend to think of butlers as expensive and posh, like one sees on films. However, they are also hired by hotels, casinos and private individuals. Often referred to as House Managers and sometimes manage other butlers as VIP Services Managers. Over 40 butler jobs were recorded in January 2017 on

Dog walker

While dog walking jobs are not uncommon, it is rare to find them among professional positions such as engineers and project managers. A few such jobs were seen on Adzuna and even searched for by job seekers.


With their dubious job title, erectors are trained and certified aluminium scaffold builders. This is serious stuff - not everyone can simply put up scaffolding correctly and with the right load-bearing capabilities. Scaffolding also gets inspected very thoroughly, so every bit of their work must pass tests on a daily basis.


It originally felt like jobs for captains would be for those on ships, however soon became apparent that this is also part of titles in the mining industry. Crew Captains lead teams, usually underground in the mines. A number of such positions were listed during January, together with a smattering of the sea-faring captain type positions available on the coast.

Mystery shopper

With over 100 Mystery Shopper positions listed and an average posted salary of R93,000 per annum, as well as no experience or qualifications necessary, this could just be the answer to someone who is out of work! Throughout South African cities, mystery shoppers seem to be more in demand that one would think.

Go and find other strange skills

These and other strange jobs were just some of the myriad jobs on Adzuna. Go and have a look on the site to see how your profession is doing and click on the statistics sidebar to see salary performance over time, demand across the country and more!

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