South African job market optimistic with vacancies up 36%


The second quarter of 2015 saw a rise of 36% in the number of advertised jobs year-on-year, according to research from the Robert Walters South African Jobs Index

The number of vacancies advertised online has revealed that demand for professionals has continued to increase in almost all sectors seeing a rise in job volumes.

“With the stable increase in job vacancies across diverse professional sectors, job seekers can be optimistic in seeking opportunities in the market," comments Robert Walters South Africa Country Manager, Nic Sephton-Poultney.

Professions in demand

The most dramatic rises in vacancy numbers were in the accounting sector (68%), engineering and natural resources (57%) and banking and financial services (34%) professions. The HR sector also saw healthy growth with 27% more jobs advertised year-on-year.

There was also significant growth in the major cities, with vacancies up 64% in Johannesburg.

About the South African Job Index

The Robert Walters South African Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the South Africa in sectors such as banking & finance, accounting, legal, HR and engineering and natural resources.

Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.

For more information please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
Tel: +27 (0)11 881 2414

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