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We know we go on and on and on about this but digital skills are in high demand in South Africa, and that statement is especially true in 2018.

Data from job search portal Adzuna gives us a clearer idea of what skills are in demand. The firm looked at 140 000 online job posts as well as how many people were searching for those jobs. From there Adzuna is able to compare the jobs with the number of seekers and determine a “rareness factor”.

Similar research was conducted in 2017.

The firm admits this method is not definitive but it gives one a better understanding of the current supply and demand of skills in South Africa.

Looking at the numbers Java developer is the rarest skill in South Africa followed closely by PHP developer. Financial accountants are also in demand but take a look at this table of the 10 rarest skills and see just how much employers want digital skills.

Job skill or title “Rareness” factor May 2018 Change since Sept 2017 Average salary – May 2018 Salary difference
java developer 137,0 6% R537 276 5%
developer 112,2 69% R485 210 4%
php developer 102,3 59% R425 815 4%
financial accountant 83,1 60% R459 633 -3%
web developer 80,3 51% R420 035 6%
software developer 44,7 6% R494 772 8%
net developer 32,2 23% R471 398 6%
consultant 29,4 91% R221 377 9%
assistant manager 29,2 82% R211 755 -5%
accountant 24,9 176% R409 003 4%

Adzuna notes that between September 2017 and May 2018 there has been a sharp decline in the rarity of engineering skills.

“Either engineers are more abundant, which is doubtful, or for some reason less engineering skills are being advertised for. The average salaries have remained high, though, for engineers,” says country manager for Adzuna South Africa, Jesse Green.

Nursing has also become a rare skill due to nurses emigrating to other countries. Adzuna notes that, while there are fewer people to take those positions, average salaries have only increase by 4 percent since 2017.

As we mentioned this is by no means a definitive snapshot of the current job market but it may well help students decide on a direction in which to study.


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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.