Hiring trends in South Africa for 2018
Conditions will continue improving, with confidence increasing among professionals and employers.
Finance and legal professionals will enjoy demand for their skills, with SMEs and market leaders expected to continue recruiting extensively in these areas.
However, businesses will face significant challenges, with the current political uncertainty leading foreign firms to take a cautious approach to investment in the country. Finding professionals who can offer a combination of strong technical skills, industry experience and who meet employment equity requirements will be a challenge for employers.
Professionals who can meet these criteria will be in a strong position to command generous salaries and benefits packages.
In terms of salary movement, we expect to see rises of 12-15% for the most highly sought after professionals to fill business critical roles. Outside of these cases, salary growth is expected to be more modest, typically being in line with inflation.