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Gauteng retains its top spot as the job opportunity capital, according to the latest Employment Insights report.

Semi-gration, the movement of people from one part of a country to another, has not yet had a marked effect on recruitment. According to Employment Insights 2023/01, recently released by CareerJunction, Gauteng continues to offer the highest percentage of job opportunities in South Africa.

The country’s most populous province recorded a whopping 55 percent of job opportunities compared to the Western Cape (24 percent) and KwaZulu-Natal (eight percent).

In terms of regional demand by profession, the Western Cape saw an increase in hiring activity for business and management professionals in the last quarter of 2021, but recruitment activity was slightly slower at the end of 2022. Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have seen consistently growing demand for professionals in this sector over the last three years.

Although the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have shown consistent growth in demand for finance professionals over the last three years (looking at the final quarter of each year), there was a dip in hiring activity in Gauteng at the end of 2021. That trend has since reversed. In the finance sector, it was accountants who landed the most new roles countrywide.

The Western Cape experienced significant growth in hiring activity for administration, office and support staff last year, and KwaZulu-Natal has been steady in its recruitment during the last quarter of 2021 and 2022. Last year Gauteng continued to record growth in demand.
Admin, office and support also featured as the sector with the most predominant new job roles last year, including field workers, general workers, cashiers, receptionists and administrators.

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