25 in-demand jobs in South Africa – and the skills companies are looking for heading into 2022

Professional recruitment group Michael Page printed a report on the prevailing hiring developments heading into 2022, displaying which skilled jobs and skills are in excessive demand throughout numerous sectors.

The report was developed as a suggestion for hiring managers and job seekers in South Africa, specializing in disciplines in engineering, finance, human resources, know-how and gross sales, amongst others.

Although South Africa has the highest unemployment rate in the world, the group skilled a pointy enhance in recruitment assignments in comparison with the earlier year for mid-to-senior administration stage positions throughout Q1 2021, and this tempo continued all through the year, mentioned Paul Newman, working director for Page Group South Africa.

“This would indicate that businesses are in need of strong leadership and skilled candidates with considerable experience to drive business recovery during these challenging and uncertain times,” he mentioned.

“Almost all the industries and sectors showed a positive trend in terms of hiring activity, however, the Healthcare and Technology sectors have been the most active and we anticipate for it to continue in the medium term. Our Technical teams – Engineering, Manufacturing and Mining – also demonstrated momentum.”

As a part of its report, Michael Page pinpointed 5 in-demand job positions in every sector it covers, highlighting the key skills required in a ‘post-Covid’ panorama, in addition to an over-arching problem confronted by the phase.

Engineering and Manufacturing

  1. Head of engineering
  2. Project director
  3. Quality assurance/high quality management supervisor
  4. Health, security and atmosphere supervisor
  5. Product supervisor

Michael Page mentioned candidates in this sector are hesitant to modify jobs, whereas organisations are contemplating the financial penalties of the pandemic. “Candidates are finding security in what they have, especially if their current employers provide them with strong benefits packages with perks like medical insurance and pension,” it mentioned.

In-demand ability units right here embody:

  • Quality assurance / Quality management – There is a giant drive by organisations to develop superior merchandise that cater to their prospects’ very particular wants; thus having a robust QA/QC accomplice is crucial to attaining customer-centricity, holding groups motivated, and constantly acting at a excessive stage.
  • Project administration – These positions require particular project administration programs or affiliations, and there’s a low provide of expertise with the proper stage of experience, mentioned Michael Page.
  • Maintenance and prevention – This expertise is important inside engineering environments: stopping downtime or shedding productiveness is the main focus for incumbents of those positions.

Finance and Accounting

  1. Commercial finance supervisor/controller
  2. Tax-oriented roles
  3. Finance supervisor
  4. Head of finance
  5. Accountant

Michael Page mentioned that employers are looking for candidates who’ve a mixture of technical accounting skills in addition to industrial expertise.

In-demand ability units right here embody:

  • FP&A/Commercial finance – This is required for full planning and evaluation of the market/opponents.
  • Africa market expertise – Regional expertise is more and more required in order for the accountability of a number of nations to be grouped beneath 1 portfolio in the curiosity of streamlining.
  • Technical accounting – This expertise helps companies guarantee adherence to correct monetary processes and requirements.

Procurement and Supply Chain

  1. Supply chain planning
  2. Demand planner
  3. Procurement supervisor
  4. Logistics supervisor
  5. Plant supervisors

“The supply chain industry is globally under a lot of pressure, making it difficult to find candidates who have the right level of experience or the appetite to take on these challenging/ demanding positions,” Michael Page mentioned.

In-demand ability units right here embody:

  • Demand Planning – With shopper wants continuously altering, demand planning is turning into an always-on train. This can even have a ripple impact in manufacturing planning.
  • Supply Chain Planning – Candidates with provide chain planning expertise are in demand due to the criticality of verification and planning round suppliers who can meet buyer wants in phrases of capital, high quality, and so forth.
  • Warehouse Management – This has all the time been an in-demand ability as the operations of the warehouse has a direct affect on manufacturing planning, which in flip has far-reaching results on the higher business as effectively.

Sales and Marketing

  1. Business improvement supervisor/ Technical gross sales
  2.  Marketing supervisor
  3. E-Commerce key accounts supervisor
  4. Strategy transformation supervisor
  5. Brand supervisor

Michael Page pointed to rising demand for technical gross sales professionals for startup/new companies in South Africa. “But the challenge in placing for these positions is with regards to the salaries or any other niche requirements specified by the employer,” it mentioned.

The group mentioned that corporations are additionally operating into an issue with BBBEE laws.

“Even though there is great talent out there, many companies require to hire talent with a diversity specification, and this aspect has more often than not been non-negotiable. We have also found that the salaries of many marketing roles have not been as per the benchmark considering experience and skills.”

In-demand ability units right here embody:

  • Adaptability – More conventional advertising and marketing roles are turning into digital and eCommerce-focused, as many companies in South Africa pre-Covid had been fairly far behind in their on-line presence when in comparison with worldwide markets. There has additionally been a excessive inflow of recent companies coming into the South Africa market in 2022 with recruitment wants specializing in business improvement managers, gross sales managers, and heads of gross sales who’ve been technically inclined or required industry-specific expertise.
  • Curiosity – The greatest advertising and marketing people are people who are usually the most curious as they are going to all the time look for the most inventive methods to unravel issues and work on essential tasks, mentioned Michael Page. This additionally performs an essential function in a extremely aggressive market the place it is advisable keep forward.
  • Warehouse administration – Where beforehand most advertising and marketing and gross sales actions had been pushed by methods designed out of the regional workplaces both based mostly in the UAE and/or Europe, with markets evolving, it’s turning into more and more tough to offer a method for a area if you happen to are not near the market, the recruitment specialist mentioned.


  1. Cloud computing
  2. Artificial intelligence and machine studying
  3. Data scientist
  4. Software improvement
  5. Cybersecurity

Michael Page mentioned that the main difficulty presently going through this sector is a scarcity of STEM skills. “Increased effort needs to be undertaken to modernize and develop sustainable education programmes with an emphasis on innovation, science, and technology,” it mentioned.

In-demand ability units right here embody:

  • Cloud computing (AWS, Azure, DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes) – There has been an increase in demand for expertise with this expertise ever since Covid-19 compelled companies to undertake a work-from-home mannequin with workers accessing platforms like Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and different work and collaborative instruments which are hosted on the cloud.
  • Data evaluation & insights – Companies are transferring past simply reporting on information and administration data to additionally utilizing information for insights, which is actually the commercialization of that information. Companies are creating their capabilities to make extra data-driven choices, and therefore the demand for expertise with Ddata-related experience.
  • Cyber safety – With extra folks working from dwelling, cloud networks are turning into safety targets. Cybersecurity is a matter of important significance and companies are prioritising hiring expertise with the experience of placing safeguarding measures in place.

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