The Most Frequently Required Entry Level Jobs in South Africa

If you can sell ice to an Eskimo, you won’t find yourself unemployed for long, according to Gumtree Marketing Manager Estelle Nagel. Sales and telemarketing jobs are the most in-demand positions in South Africa, followed by Construction work, Accounting and Financial jobs and Logistics and Transport jobs.

“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.”

The most frequently advertised vacancies are:

  1. Sales and Marketing (13%)
  2. Construction and Skilled Trade (6.8%)
  3. Accounting and Finance (5%)
  4. Restaurant and Bar work (5%)
  5. Retail work (5%)
  6. Logistics and transport (4.7%)
  7. Health & Beauty (4.1%)
  8. Computing (4.1%)
  9. Clerical and admin (3.9%)
  10. Teaching (3.7%)

However, competition for these roles remain stiff. There are ten times as many applicants looking for work as there are vacancies available.

60% of frequently advertised jobs are Full-Time, 12% are Contract positions and 8.5% are Part-Time, but most require at least some form of qualification and/or experience. Only 0.35% of advertised positions are suitable for matriculants or recent graduates.

“The job market is extremely tough and competitive, which is why anyone seeking to start a career should put their best foot forward. Compile a professional CV and have a hard copy and a digital version on hand. If you need experience, volunteer where possible. Employers can make a selection from thousands of candidates – make sure that you stand out,” says Nagel.

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