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The 2017 Salary Survey is here

The latest version of the Robert Walters Global Salary Survey is here and you can request your free copy now. Don’t miss out on the most up to date salary information and employment trends in South Africa. The annual book contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and salary information from across our global markets.

For employers - With the latest information on salaries and employment trends across a range of industries, as well as hiring tips and advice, our 2017 salary survey will ensure you are best positioned to attract and retain top talent in your sector.

For employees - Due a pay rise in 2017? Find out what you’re worth with the most comprehensive list of global salaries in the industry. Or if you’re considering making a move, find out what skills and experience employers are looking for, across a range of sectors worldwide.

About the Global Salary Survey

Now in its eighteenth edition, the Robert Walters annual Global Salary Survey is the most comprehensive review of professional salaries and recruitment trends around the world.

The complete book consisting of 25 countries, is free, and covers the UK and Ireland, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand as well as North and South America. The Global Salary Survey is based on the analysis of permanent, interim and contract placements made across each of our geographies and recruitment disciplines.

Request your free copy of the 2017 survey today, or alternatively, download the 2016 version on our app for Apple or Android devices.


Hiring expectations in South Africa for 2017

We expect market conditions in South Africa to remain similar to those experienced during 2016, with most businesses adopting a cautious approach to hiring. Most will keep their headcount lean, only replacing critical skills and functions. Organisations will also be alert to the potential for absorbing new responsibilities into existing employees’ roles as they aim to diversify employee skill sets.

However, we do expect to see increased hiring confidence in key areas, with specialist banking, legal and IT professionals in highest demand in 2017. Companies will continue to face challenges related to employment equity (EE), which places certain restrictions on which candidates businesses can target.

Despite reduced demand for skills overall, hiring managers will still be looking for professionals with two to five years’ experience, and at the more senior seven to ten years’ level in 2017. Many employers will struggle to find these professionals as a result of ongoing skills shortages and low jobseeker confidence. In order to secure their ideal candidates, hiring managers are advised to streamline their recruitment process. Companies should also ensure they offer clearly defined career paths and opportunities to satisfy the needs of employees seeking both reassurance and variety.

We expect salaries in 2017 to be similar to 2016 with average increases of 10-15% for professionals moving into new roles across most sectors.