A study by recruitment company Pnet shows that most job sectors in South Africa are returning to the level of hiring activity before the pandemic, and job vacancies in virtually all areas.

The study is based on data from more than five million registered users on the Pnet platform and estimates the first quarter of 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Pnet study shows that the number of job vacancies in South Africa is reaching record levels.

“This will not only increase the confidence of job seekers, but it is also a significant indicator of the return of business confidence,” the statement said.

The first quarter of 2022 saw a seasonally adjusted growth of vacancies by 8.5% compared to the last quarter of 2021. Using data for the first quarter of 2020 as a baseline (100%), Pnet data shows that most sectors of South Africa are currently showing an increase in vacancies, indicating many more job opportunities in the market.

The medical and healthcare sectors grew by 30%, the security and emergency services by 28%, production and assembly by 25%, and the legal sector by 20%.

Applicants for these professions face dramatically improved employment prospects compared to two years ago, Pnet said.

Employment opportunities have also increased in the design, media and arts sectors, as well as science and technology, information technology, administration, office and support, restaurants and hospitality, and cleaning, maintenance and repair.

On the other side of the market, employment opportunities are currently being tracked below the level of the first quarter of 2020 in the education, training and library, warehousing and logistics sectors, as well as in the financial sector, the group said.

“At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March 2020, no one could have imagined what impact it would have on the economy and the labor market. It is nice to see that employers are hiring 8.3% more than two years ago, ”the statement reads.

Pnet said it had noted a surge in hiring for remote positions in South Africa, with most remote vacancies being found in the IT, business management and office administrator sectors. Remote hiring has been at its highest level since the start of the Covid pandemic and has only increased over the past two years.

Offers of deleted vacancies have more than tripled since the first quarter of 2021, the report said.

At the regional level, most job opportunities are in Gauteng, and Pnet is recording a steady surge of new vacancies in the province. In the first quarter of 2022, the province accounted for 53% of total labor demand, followed by the Western Cape with 22% and KwaZulu-Natal with 10%.

“There is a clear emphasis on the demand for IT skills in the Western Cape and Gauteng regions,” Pnett said. “Candidates with experience in business and management are in high demand in all regions. Companies in all regions of the country need a relatively large amount of finances and administrators, as well as office and support staff.

Here are the basic skills you are looking for in South Africa:

Region Basic in-demand skills
Gauteng Information technology, business management, finance
Western Cape Information technology
KwaZulu Natal Business management, finance, sales, administration and support
Mpumalanga Business management, sales
Eastern Cape Construction and construction
Northwest Business management, sales, finance
Free state Business management, sales
Limpapo Business management
Northern Cape Medicine and health, construction and construction
International Business management


Pnet highlighted market-related earnings offered in selected roles in the IT, finance and business management sectors:

Information technology

  • Development on C #: R39,000 – R58,000 pm
  • Java Development: R44,000 – R64,000 pm
  • Development .Net: R39,000 – R56,000 pm
  • Full stack design: R36,000 – R60,000 pm


  • Accounting: 19,000 – 21,000 rupees
  • Accounts payable / receivable: Rs 18,000 – Rs 22,000
  • Financial or project accounting: 30,000 – 38,000 rupees

Business and Management

  • Middle management or department leadership: R37,000 – R52,000 in the evening
  • Senior Management: R76,000 – R99,000 pm
  • Team leader or leader: 25,000 – 34,000 rupees in the evening

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