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Top 40 Hot Jobs in South Africa: Unveiling High-Demand Careers & Salaries

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William Dube
  1. Pnet’s Market Trends Report identifies the Business & Management, IT, Sales, and Admin Office & Support sectors as the areas with the highest demand for professionals in South Africa during the first quarter of 2023.
  2. The highest salaries are offered to IT candidates, followed by those in Business & Management and Finance, with Admin, Office & Support professionals receiving comparatively lower salary offers.
  3. The report provides a comprehensive list of the top 40 high-demand jobs in South Africa, offering valuable insights into current job market trends, salary expectations, and potential growth opportunities for job seekers and employers.

Recruitment firm Pnet has recently published a detailed analysis of the most in-demand jobs in South Africa for the first quarter of 2023, revealing valuable insights into the job sectors attracting professionals across various industries. The report highlights the Business & Management, IT, Sales, and Admin Office & Support sectors as the top areas witnessing the largest portion of professionals getting hired.

Pnet’s latest Market Trends Report delves into recruitment and employment patterns in South Africa, using data from Saongroup’s online recruitment platforms, which boast a database of over 8 million registered users. The research shows that the local job market increased by 3.8% ‘quarter-on-quarter’ in the first quarter of 2023.

“Year-on-year, employment offers have increased by 1.5%,” said Pnet. Over the last two years, Pnet has seen a 35% growth in jobs.

Currently, the highest salaries are offered for IT candidates, followed by Business & Management and Finance candidates, according to Pnet. On the other side of the scale, Admin, Office & Support professionals are on the lower end in terms of salary offers.

According to Pnet’s recent data, some of the highest salaries across the various sectors are reserved for executive managers/directors as well as specialists in business architecture and financial analysts.

Pnet looked into what salaries are currently being offered across all the listed in-demand sectors, adding three additional jobs to their initial list of 37, resulting in a total of 40 high-demand jobs:

Admin, Office and Support

Pnet reported that salary offers for this sector have increased by up to 38% over the last five years:

  1. Call Centre Operator: R9,167 – R11,627
  2. Switchboard/Reception: R8,000 – R12,037
  3. Admin Clerk: R14,000 – R18,821
  4. Secretary: R12,500 – R19,500
  5. Client/Customer Support: R15,000 – R22,800
  6. Personal Assistant: R20,000 – R28,793
  7. Human Resources: R25,000 – R37,963
  8. Office Manager: R30,000 – R45,000


The sales sector has seen some professionals being offered up to 42% more over the last five years. According to Pnet, those involved in account management are the most well-off:

  1. Telesales/ Telemarketing: R5,000 – R15,000
  2. Retail: R13,000 – R19,488
  3. Representative/ Sales Consulting: R16,000 – R24,916
  4. Account Management: R30,000 – R45,283


Salary offers for those in finance remain higher than in other sectors however have only seen a 25% increase over the last five years:

  1. Bookkeeping: R15,000 – R19,982
  2. Accounts payable/Receivable: R15,000 – R21,068
  3. Credit Management: R20,000 – R35,053
  4. Purchasing & Procurement: R25,000 – R36,895
  5. Financial/ Project Accounting: R30,000 – R39,262
  6. External Auditing: R34,784 – R44,750
  7. Cost and Management Accounting: R37,458 – R45,000
  8. Internal Auditing: R35,000 – R51,655
  9. Financial Analysis: R40,833 – R56,726

Business and Management

“Over the last five years, salary offers for Business & Management professionals have increased by up to 17%,” said Pnet:

  1. Staff Recruitment/ Selection: R12,000 – R20,000
  2. Team Leader & Supervisor: R22,917 – R37,703
  3. Employee Training/ Development: R35,000 – R46,174
  4. Infrastructure/ Operations Consulting: R30,000 – R46,228
  5. Business Development: R30,000 – R47,131
  6. Middle/ Department Management: R41,667 – R59,523
  7. Senior Management: R45,000 – R61,980
  8. Strategy Consulting: R36,000 – R65,000
  9. Executive Management/ Director: R100,000 – R138,930

Information Technology

Despite some major salaries in management positions, the Information Technology sector has been pulling in some of the highest salaries in South Africa due to their increased demand.

“Over the last five years, salary offers for IT professionals have increased by up to 72%,” said Pnet:

  1. Systems/ Network Administration: R25,000 – R41,806
  2. Database Design/ Development/ Admin: R40,000 – R56,969
  3. Systems Analysis: R41,491 – R57,211
  4. Data Analysis/ Data Warehousing: R40,000 – R62,346
  5. Business Analysis: R44,000 – R65,000
  6. Software Development: R40,000 – R65,111
  7. IT Project Administration/ Management: R54,058 – R72,000
  8. Technical/ Business Architecture: R60,355 – R90,000

New Additions:

  1. Cybersecurity Specialist: R45,000 – R75,000
  2. Data Scientist: R50,000 – R85,000

This comprehensive list of the top 40 high-demand jobs in South Africa provides a clear picture of the current job market trends and salary expectations. It serves as a useful resource for job seekers, employers, and professionals looking to understand the landscape of employment opportunities and compensation in South Africa.

William Dube

William Dube is a finance and economic news expert with over 10 years of experience in economic anaylsis, financial product assessment and market analysis. With a numerous certificates from prestigious universities including but not limited to Yale University and the University of Pennyslivenia. William specializes in providing insightful news developments in South Africa and commentary on investment strategies, risk management, and global economic trends. You can contact him on