Java developer is the most sought-after skill in the country

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Here’s a pro-tip for those leaving tertiary studies who are still undecided about their job path: study to become a Java developer.

Job search engine Adzuna recently conducted a study to find out what are the most sought-after skills in the country, and ‘Java Developer’ topped the list. It’s also not that surprising to find an incredible amount of jobs in the technology space.

“While not every job in demand is posted online, the trends shown by the sample data are clear and meaningful. Companies must dig deep to explore new ways of attracting programming and engineering skills, as well as some of those in the financial or accountancy area. Management skills too, represent a challenge,” said Jesse Green, country manager for Adzuna South Africa.

Through its research by analysing over 130 000 job postings and applications in South Africa, it found that the most sought-after skills in the country are:

Job skill or title

Demand from companies

Demand from job seekers

“Rareness” factor

Average salary – Sept 2016

Average salary – May 2016

java developer

2181

19

114,8

R528 135

R525 369

financial accountant

996

11

90,5

R439 920

R422 844

developer

15601

224

69,6

R470 872

R486 281

php developer

1458

23

63,4

R395 950

R401 590

web developer

1366

32

42,7

R407 987

R442 016

assistant manager

948

25

37,9

R218 449

R197 904

software developer

1219

33

36,9

R496 747

R507 944

recruiter

2450

108

22,7

R513 326

R475 724

net developer

939

50

18,8

R467 460

R457 940

consultant

5644

397

14,2

R277 493

R275 716

technologist

929

70

13,3

R486 118

R473 417

executive

3058

262

11,7

R315 045

R307 892

analyst

4054

361

11,2

R531 762

R529 491

accountant

3934

376

10,5

R418 910

R415 556

pharmacist

1284

192

6,7

R506 418

R568 405

designer

1861

280

6,6

R363 890

R393 921

coordinator

1044

267

3,9

R246 187

R211 475

planner

872

227

3,8

R449 795

R417 609

project manager

1370

359

3,8

R558 330

R551 704

engineer

8238

2266

3,6

R596 996

R565 653

business analyst

1304

361

3,6

R569 417

R548 304

manager

22631

6479

3,5

R498 565

R484 938

quantity surveyor

901

269

3,3

R532 380

R482 622

civil engineer

869

269

3,2

R592 809

R595 538

bookkeeper

1336

490

2,7

R181 150

R205 298

controller

2331

871

2,7

R345 115

R364 566

secretary

1008

464

2,2

R168 895

R187 767

officer

4026

1894

2,1

R286 784

R281 632

technician

2485

1205

2,1

R227 406

R269 947

surveyor

1035

510

2,0

R561 940

R477 961

foreman

891

549

1,6

R453 944

R410 078

assistant

5372

3328

1,6

R151 827

R168 280

clerk

3334

2078

1,6

R141 018

R133 952

supervisor

1514

1102

1,4

R253 359

R260 419

salesperson

1894

1400

1,4

R267 329

R233 467

operator

2311

2500

0,9

R392 775

R408 920

sales manager

1145

1400

0,8

R436 646

R414 721

chef

1409

1800

0,8

R157 660

R178 609

nurse

1768

2404

0,7

R283 224

R317 664

mechanic

1330

1827

0,7

R464 945

R439 354

registered nurse

936

3497

0,3

R276 671

R285 932

administrator

4550

18000

0,3

R184 159

R205 468

receptionist

1705

6962

0,2

R97 464

R102 780

driver

1814

14685

0,1

R111 919

R100 373

Adzuna explained that “engineers and developers, together with financial skills, are clearly the hardest to find, with the most demand from firms, yet with the least available candidates. Interestingly, recruiters are now a hot skill with many organisations and agencies requiring recruitment specialists in their HR departments.”

It added that the technology space is definitely  the place to be working in. “Now, with finance skills showing an increasing difficulty to recruit, it will be interesting to see how companies, and hopefully the South African government, ensure that South African firms are able to hire the right people with the best competencies.”

[Image – CC by 2.0/BigOakFlickr]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.

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