Labour demand is on the rise, as is job search activity. These are the notable trends in the South African labour market during June, according to the latest CareerJunction Index (CJI) Executive Summary report which was released yesterday.
The report, powered by comprehensive data gathered from the Career-Junction website, showcases a picture of South Africa’s labour market dynamics, provided from the online job market.
Sought after jobs and skills
Using the data from online job market to form trends, the report says three jobs were in demand during June:
- nursing / professional care giving
- senior management
- middle/department management
Sought-after skills include:
- software development
- middle management
- representative/ sales consulting.
These skills are similar to those recruiters deemed important in May.
Sectors that have shown promising growth in the online labour market and good employment prospectsinclude:
- medical and health
- information technology
- business and management
Drop in hiring activity
Professionals in the ICT, architecture, engineering and cleaning, maintenance and repair sectors are still feeling the effects of the nationwide lockdown, with a notable decrease in hiring activity and no signs of recovery.
However, after significant decreases in demand of for admin, office & support, sales and business & management professionals, June shows no further shrinkage.
Uptake in demand
As expected, the demand for medical and health professionals is on the rise, as is the number for recruiters looking for suitable candidates within marketing, warehousing & logistics and manufacturing & assembly.
An increased labour market score
The CJI has determined that the current job market scores90 on the CJI index, which reflects an improved job market, up on May’s indicators.
However, the score, which is below 100, shows increased competition and less job opportunitiesfor job seekerswithin the online job market.
The score also shows that demand for employment outweighs the supply.
The CareerJunction Index (CJI) Executive Summary report is available for download here.