A REVIEW OF THE TOP 10 SECTORS
This Salary Review has been compiled exclusively for South African job seekers and the HR/Recruitment industry to give a true representation of salaries in South Africa. It contains up-to-date salary information as well as regional differences in remuneration using actual salary offerings on our website (20 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (October 2016 to March 2017).
Skill levels covered in our report include intermediate and senior. Intermediate? You have more skills than a beginner but you’re not quite an expert yet. Senior? You have more skills and experience compared to a person with intermediate skills.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
THE ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING SECTOR IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAYING SECTORS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN JOB MARKET. DEMAND FOR ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS IS PARTICULARLY HIGH IN GAUTENG WHERE ABOUT 50% OF SECTOR-RELATED RECRUITMENT TAKES PLACE. THUS, PROFESSIONALS IN THIS REGION ARE THE HIGHEST EARNERS.
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
WORKERS IN GAUTENG AND KWAZULUNATAL SEEM TO BE BETTER EARNERS THAN THEIR WESTERN CAPE COUNTERPARTS. SALARIES ARE COMPARATIVE TO LAST YEAR, APART FROM A NOTABLE INCREASE OF BETWEEN 14% AND 35% FOR QUANTITY SURVEYORS.
WAREHOUSING & LOGISTICS
OVERALL, THE WAREHOUSING & LOGISTICS SECTOR IS ONE OF THE LOWEST PAYING SECTORS. SALARY OFFERINGS SEEM TO HAVE REDUCED SINCE LAST YEAR, APART FROM DISTRIBUTION/COURIER SERVICES AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, WHERE NOTABLE INCREASES IN SALARIES ARE EVIDENT YEAR-ON-YEAR. REGIONALLY, MAJOR SALARY GAPS EXIST BETWEEN PROVINCES WITH GAUTENG IN TOP POSITION, FOLLOWED BY THE WESTERN CAPE AND KWAZULU-NATAL.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
ICT SKILLS REMAIN AMONG SA’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SKILL SETS. GIVEN THE HIGH DEMAND FOR ICT PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT IS ALSO ONE OF SA’S TOP PAYING SECTORS. A STEADY INCREASE IN SALARIES IS EVIDENT ACROSS MOST OCCUPATIONS SINCE THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.
MEDICAL & HEALTH
MEDICAL STAFF SEEMS TO EARN HIGHER SALARIES IN GAUTENG COMPARED TO THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE. GAUTENG SHOWS THE HIGHEST RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY FOR MEDICAL STAFF IN SOUTH AFRICA. 4 OUT OF 10 JOBS POSTED ARE LOCATED IN GAUTENG.
GIVEN THE VASTNESS OF THE FINANCE SECTOR AS WELL AS THE GREAT NEED FOR SKILLS, FINANCE PROFESSIONALS ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST EARNERS IN THE SA LABOUR MARKET, PARTICULARLY THOSE RESIDING IN GAUTENG. YEAR-ON-YEAR, SALARY OFFERINGS HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 20% FOR FINANCIAL MANAGERS.
OVER 60% OF RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY FOR MARKETING PROFESSIONALS TAKES PLACE IN GAUTENG. DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR THESE SKILLS, SALARY OFFERINGS IN GAUTENG ARE HIGHER COMPARED TO THE WESTERN CAPE. KWAZULU-NATAL COMES IN AT A CLOSE THIRD.
HOME TO SA’S LARGEST CITIES, GAUTENG AND THE WESTERN CAPE BOAST A PROMINENT SALES INDUSTRY WITH EARNINGS WELL ABOVE ITS NEIGHBOURING PROVINCES. YEAR-ON- YEAR, SALARY OFFERINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY FOR TRAVEL AGENTS, TELESALES & TELEMARKETING CONSULTANTS AS WELL AS SALES MANAGERS.
ADMIN, OFFICE & SUPPORT
DESPITE A HIGH DEMAND FOR ADMIN WORKERS, AN OVERSUPPLY OF CANDIDATES MAKES THIS SECTOR A VERY COMPETITIVE ONE FOR JOB SEEKERS. SALARY OFFERINGS ARE NOT PRONE TO NOTABLE INCREASES YEAR-ON-YEAR. ADMIN STAFF IN KWAZULUNATAL SEEM TO EARN CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THEIR GAUTENG AND WESTERN CAPE COUNTERPARTS.
MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY
IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THE MAJORITY OF MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN SA TAKES PLACE IN GAUTENG, THE WESTERN CAPE AND KWAZULU-NATAL. AS A RESULT, LABOUR DEMAND IN THESE 3 PROVINCES IS VERY HIGH WITH OVER 80% OF VACANCIES LOCATED HERE. REGIONALLY, THERE ARE NO MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN SALARY OFFERINGS.
** Salary information not available due to low market demand for those skills sets.
The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly ‘cost to company’ remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation. Findings are based on actual salary offerings on the CareerJunction website (20 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (October 2016 to March 2017). Custom labour market reports are now available to purchase from CareerJunction – ideal for larger organisations such as Government organisations, SETAS, Higher Education organisations and corporate companies. Research is done using a sample size of over 100 000 job ads and 1.5 million online CVs.