• Job aggregator Adzuna looked at over 140,000 online postings to find out which were South Africa's rarest jobs.
  • The research is not definitive, but gives an impression of the state of skills in South Africa today.
  • Developers and accountants are in high demand – and few of them are searching for jobs.

Technology and finance are increasingly at the top of the rare skills pile in South Africa. This is according to online job aggregator Adzuna.

In May the site dissected over 140, 000 online job postings (and over a million job searches) to find out which skills were sought after, as well as how many job seekers were searching for those jobs.

The same was done in September last year.

Some of the jobs with the rarest skills in South Africa.

"The research is not definitive, but gives a very clear impression of the state of skills in South Africa today," says country manager Jesse Green. 

A job advert for a civil engineer shows demand for civil engineering skills, while a job seeker search for civil engineer jobs depicts a supply of that skill. Combining these numbers gives a rareness factor.

"The higher the number, the rarer the skill, with more demand than supply," says Green. 

Topping the rankings for 2018 thus far are technology and financial skills. What is surprising, says Green, is the relative drop in 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.” 

Some of the jobs with the rarest skills in South Africa.

Developers and accountants are in high demand and few of them are searching for jobs as of May 2018. Accounting skills have seen increases in rarity of over 100%. 

Civil engineers have come in at over R628,000 on average, an increase of only 3% since September 2017, mostly matching inflation.

"In fact, while the rarity of skills may have changed, salaries are overall much more stable."

Only sales managers have seen a correlation in rarity and salary increase. Sales management skills are 123% rarer and have seen a 12% average salary increase over the past eight months. 

Registered nurses have seen a massive increase in demand and rareness. The emigration of 20% to 30% of the nursing workforce, according to scientific journal papers published between 2001 and 2015, has had an impact on this sector of the job market.

Some of the jobs with the rarest skills in South Africa.

However, the exodus of these skills is decreasing, which should have seen a reprieve in the numbers – but this is not the case. Also, although nursing skills are rarer, the salaries have gone up by only 4% since last September. 

People management and executive skills appear to be up to 80% rarer than last year.

Meanwhile drivers, secretaries, receptionists and salespeople are not as difficult to find or in more abundance.

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