If you can sell ice to an Eskimo, you won’t find yourself unemployed for long, according to Gumtree Marketing Manager Estelle Nagel

Sales and telemarketing jobs are the most in-demand positions in South Africa, followed by Construction work, Accounting and Financial jobs, and Logistics and Transport jobs.

“Employers are always looking for skilled workers in these fields – sales executives being the most in-demand across provinces, while there are more construction vacancies in Gauteng than any other province.”

The most frequently advertised vacancies are:

  1. Sales and Marketing (13%)
  2. Construction and Skilled Trade (6.8%)
  3. Accounting and Finance (5%)
  4. Restaurant and Bar work (5%)
  5. Retail work (5%)
  6. Logistics and transport (4.7%)
  7. Health & Beauty (4.1%)
  8. Computing (4.1%)
  9. Clerical and admin (3.9%)
  10. Teaching (3.7%)

However, competition for these roles remains stiff

There are ten times as many applicants looking for work as there are vacancies available.

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  • 60% of frequently advertised jobs are full-time
  • 12% are contract positions
  • 5% are part-time

However, most require at least some form of qualification and/or experience. Only 0.35% of advertised positions are suitable for matriculants or recent graduates.

“The job market is extremely tough and competitive, which is why anyone seeking to start a career should put their best foot forward. Compile a professional CV and have a hard copy and a digital version on hand. If you need experience, volunteer where possible. Employers can make a selection from thousands of candidates – make sure that you stand out,” says Nagel.