(City of Cape Town, Facebook)
(City of Cape Town, Facebook)
  • The City of Cape Town said it has nearly 3,300 jobs available. 
  • It has been struggling to fill the positions as it requires specialised skills. 
  • The city encouraged work-seekers to visit its website to apply for the vacancies. 
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The City of Cape Town is currently looking to fill nearly 3,300 vacancies in fields such as information services, specialised engineering disciplines, and spatial planning. 

Mayoral committee member for corporate services Sharon Cottle said the high number of vacancies are attributable to various new positions which were created. 

The city has struggled to fill the positions as most of the positions require specialised and special skills, Cottle said. 

Jobs on offer include a principal civil engineer, occupational health practitioner, technicians, senior legal advisor and a clinical medical officer.   

She said the challenge of attracting the necessary skills is not unique to the city as several other large diverse employers and other municipalities are struggling to fill specialised skill positions. 

Cottle said the 3,237 vacant positions are not abnormally high compared to the city’s overall staff component of 28,863. There is, therefore, an 11.2% vacancy rate. 

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Cape Town deputy mayor, and finance mayoral committee member, Ian Neilson furthermore said the city spent 95% of its R7.9 billion salary and wages budget, reflecting a positive vacancy rate. 

Cottle said the City of Cape Town also has a 54% internal promotion rate, which results in additional vacancies once an individual is promoted. 

She said employees enjoy pension, medical aid, group life, study and leave benefits.  

She encouraged interested applicants to visit the city’s job portal to view the available vacancies where they can follow the necessary application guidelines.

She iterated that the city does not make use of any third party or recruitment agencies during the hiring process.