Here’s how to find the best job in your province
Whether you’re looking for another job as the next step in your career growth or you’re graduating and looking to step into the corporate world, looking for the perfect job can be challenging. South Africa’s unemployment rate sits at 29.1%, and it doesn’t leave us with peace of mind or much faith. But with effort, preparation and knowing where to apply and what to apply for (aligned with your skills), can help to find the job you need.
Looking for the right job is one thing, but also have to find one that pays at least a good salary for you to cover your monthly expenses, is an added factor to the whole search. You’ll also want to find a job that’s close by and doesn’t require you to travel 60 km or more. If you’re searching on Google or any other search engine, you can type the “industry/job title + jobs near me”, to see if there are any exciting jobs in your area. Another major determinant of salary is your education level. The following industries have the highest growth trajectory for both individuals with and without degrees: IT/tech/telecoms, HR and legal, advertising and marketing, and government and non-profit.
We’ve listed the links to the best job portal in each region with the trending jobs when looking at a monthly salary of approximately R10 225. There are 25 best websites to search for jobs in South Africa, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on Adzuna. Adzuna is a search engine that searches thousands of websites, so you don’t have to. They provide smarter search options and powerful data about the job market, giving you the information you need to take control of your career.
The provinces rank from the province with the most job offerings to the least job offerings.
Ekurhuleni (East Rand) offers jobs mainly in Kempton Park, followed by Boksburg, and then Edenvale. Popular jobs in these areas include other/general jobs, sales jobs, and logistics and warehouse jobs.
The Cape Town region offers the most jobs, followed by Cape Winelands. In Cape Town City Centre the jobs are mainly categorised in IT, engineering, and admin. In Cape Winelands, most job openings are offered in Stellenbosch and focus primarily on hospitality and catering, engineering, and other/general.
In the eThekwini region, Durban has the most job openings followed by Umhlanga Rocks and then Pinetown. If you’re looking for a job in Durban, make sure to find an IT job, a general job, or a retail job. When searching in Umhlanga, the hottest jobs are other/general jobs, customer services jobs, or accounting and finance jobs. The most popular jobs in Pinetown are accounting and finance, sales, and other/general.
Amatole in the Eastern Cape offers the most jobs, with Nelson Mandela Bay second, and Cacadu third. The most popular roles in Amatole (Buffalo City) include IT, sales, and logistics and warehouse. Employment offered in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) is mainly in IT, general, and sales. In Cacadu admin jobs, sales jobs, and accounting and finance jobs are popular.
In Mpumalanga, the Ehlanzeni region (including Mbombela or Nelspruit, Thaba Chweu and Nkomzi) offers the most jobs. Find your next job in either hospitality and catering, accounting and finance or sales. The most popular jobs in Nkangala are in the admin, other/general, and sales sectors. In the Gert Sibanda district, employers offer jobs in the following industries, other/general, admin, and sales.
The Capricorn District in Limpopo offers the most jobs, followed by Waterberg and Mopani. The trending jobs in Capricorn are hospitality and catering, IT, and sales. In the Waterberg region, it’s hospitality and catering, logistics and warehouse, and admin jobs. Mopani also offers hospitality and catering, admin and then accounting and finance.
In the North West most jobs are available in the Southern region, then the Bojanala Platinum district, and very few in Bophirima and Central. The most popular jobs available in the North West are admin jobs, IT jobs, and retail jobs.
To ensure you end up with quality results, use the exact wording of what you’re looking for when searching on Google or any other job-related website or platform. For example, if you want to enter the admin industry in Pretoria, know what kind of admin work you’re interested in (receptionist, admin clerk, personal assistant, office receptionist etc.) and type precisely that – “receptionist jobs near me” or “admin clerk jobs in Pretoria” or “personal assistant in Tshwane”.