36% increase in job vacancies for South African professionals, encourages job seekers


Research has shown an overall increase of 36% in the number of advertised job vacancies, from the last quarter in 2014 to the first quarter in 2015.

The figures are drawn from the Robert Walters South African Jobs Index, a research tool that tracks job volumes posted to on-line platforms.

Who is in highest demand?

The report shows healthy signs for employment across a number of sectors, including accounting & finance (62%), engineering and natural resources (32%), human resources (31%), banking and financial services (29%) and Legal (16%).

“Among a range of encouraging signs from the Index is the variety of sectors and markets in which employer demand has been moving in a positive direction. By taking an objective measurement of changes across leading job boards we can see that, job creation isn’t confined just to the financial services sector. We are hopeful of seeing robust growth in vacancy levels both across South Africa in 2015”, says Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager South Africa.

Why are job vacancies increasing?

“The substantial increase in advertised accounting roles can be attributed to the difficulty in finding employment equity candidates at a senior level and candidates with the necessary technical skills.

“Businesses are still struggling to find the best candidates using their internal recruitment teams and as a result more jobs have been advertised on the open market,” concludes Sephton-Poultney.

About the research

The Robert Walters Job Index tracks the total number  job advertisements posted to on-line platforms across South Africa.

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For more information please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
Tel: +27 (0)11 881 2414
Email: nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com

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