• The Western Cape now has higher salaries than Gauteng, according to a prominent jobs platform.
  • Average Salaries in the province top those in Gauteng by more than R60,000.
  • Most jobs are being advertised in IT, consultancy, technology, engineering, accounting and finance.

The Western Cape has replaced Gauteng as the province with the highest paying salaries in South Africa, prominent jobs platform Adzuna found.

In a blog post, Adzuna said of the 140,000 jobs advertised through its platform, Western Cape salaries averaged R369,401 while salaries in Gauteng averaged R304,799 - a R64,602 difference.

The Northern Cape, despite representing only 1% of jobs advertisements on Adzuna, came in third with an average salary of R303,008.

Salaries in KwaZulu-Natal averaged R254,881, R254,434 in Limpopo, R230,303 in the Eastern Cape, R219,460 in Mpumalanga and R214,480 in North West.

The Free State came in last with an average salary of jobs posted of R210,837.

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Most jobs across South Africa were advertised in the IT, consultancy, technology, engineering, accounting and finance industries, Adzuna said.

Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Beverley Schäfer said Adzuna’s report shows that the Western Cape not only creates more jobs than the rest of the country, but also leads in terms of salaries.

Third quarter data for 2018 from StatsSA showed that employment in the City of Cape Town grew by 3.9% year on year, and that unemployment declined by 38 000.

“As the Western Cape Government, our number one goal has been to create an environment conducive to investment and job creation,” Schäfer said in a statement.

“Data like this, which shows that opportunities are being created, is proof that our hard work, to attract investment and grow the economy through strategies is paying off.”