Top three metros show an increase in demand for professionals

Online hiring activity increases 24 percent year-on-year, according to an employment insights report.

Gauteng still leads the pack in terms of offering the majority of the country’s job vacancies (at 52 percent), with just over 30 percent of job offers being located in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

This is according to CareerJunction’s June 2022 Employment Insights, which also noted that international work opportunities are currently scarce, with job offers at three percent.
Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal all show an increased demand for professionals in design, media and arts, and architecture and engineering, as well as the legal sectors over the last two years.

The Western Cape experienced a decrease in hiring activity for design, media and arts professionals between 2020 and 2021. Similar trends were evident for architecture and engineering professionals in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal between 2020 and 2021.

Overall, however, recruitment activity has grown significantly across all three professional sectors over the last 12 months.

In terms of employment trends, there was a slight uptake in recruitment activity during May 2022 – with online hiring activity increasing 24 percent between May 2021 and May 2022.

The survey also confirmed that there were 10 percent more employees in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022 than in the fourth quarter of 2021, with new jobs being most prevalent in community and social services, manufacturing and trade.

Jobseekers within admin, office and support, warehousing and logistics, finance, cleaning, maintenance and repair as well as architecture and engineering have also been experiencing improved employment prospects since the beginning of the year. Vacancies within these job sectors have increased by over 17 percent since the fourth quarter of 2021.

In terms of candidate trends, there has been significant growth in applicants signing up to search and apply for jobs in education, training and library, manufacturing and assembly, and medical and health.

The report is based on data gathered from around 5,000 recruiters, both agencies and employers.