These are the ten entry-level jobs employers are most desperate to fill – and for which they will pay up to R374,000 a year – according to Gumtree
- South African employers are looking for sales and marketing staff and construction workers, data from classifieds giant Gumtree shows.
- Finance and restaurant workers are also in high demand, job postings shows.
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The number of people applying for jobs is surging as the economic environment in South Africa deteriorates, classifieds giant Gumtree says.
South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), a measurement of economic activity within a country, declined by 3.2% between January and March - the biggest decrease in ten years.
Based on the job adverts posted to Gumtree, the entry-level jobs most in demand in South Africa are in sales and telemarketing, marketing manager Estelle Nagel said, at 13% of all jobs advertised.
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Construction and accounting jobs follow far behind.
"Employers are always looking for skilled workers in these fields – sales executives being the most in-demand across provinces, while there are more construction vacancies in Gauteng than any other province,” Nagel said.
The most in-demand entry-level jobs on Gumtree, with estimated annual salaries provided by Payscale, are:
- Sales and marketing (13%) - R181,190
- Construction and skilled trade (6.8%) - R269,052
- Accounting and finance (5%) - R250,555
- Restaurant and bar work (5%) - R111,000
- Retail work (5%) - R208,000
- Logistics and transport (4.7%) - R205,648
- Health and beauty (4.1%) - R74,880
- Computing (4.1%) - R374,000
- Clerical and administration (3.9%) - R113,0661
- Teaching (3.7%) - R157,376
Nagel said 60% of jobs advertised on Gumtree in South Africa are full-time positions, 12% are contract positions and 8.5% are part-time.
Only 0.35% of advertised positions are suitable for matriculants or recent graduates, she said.
"The job market is extremely tough and competitive, which is why anyone seeking to start a career should put their best foot forward,” Nagel said.
“If you need experience, volunteer where possible. Employers can make a selection from thousands of candidates – make sure that you stand out.”
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