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Report shows sectors with greatest jobs demand

Jul 09 2015 16:32

Cape Town - The highest growth in demand for candidates came from the administration, office and support, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, trades and mining, and sales sectors, according to the latest recruitment trends report by Careers24.

The top sectors, however, from a candidate supply point of view, were engineering, finance and accounting, IT, tech and telecoms, design and arts, and manufacturing, trades and mining.

The report is based on usage patterns of both recruiters sourcing candidates and candidates who apply for positions on the platform.

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The report shows a change in recruitment in the field of engineering. While there was a slight decline in the demand for candidates (1%) there was a 4% increase in candidate supply as well as a 5% increase in the applicants per job posting.

"These stats interestingly contradict what the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) said last year with the launch of their initiative to ‘tackle the chronic shortage of engineering skills’," according to Careers24.

Other significant trends

The report also shows a 30% increase in job postings for the manufacturing, trade and mining sectors, a 17% increase in construction job postings, which were met with a 25% reduction in applications per post, a 26% increase in posts for design and arts and a 31% increase in posts for warehousing and logistics.

In May the job postings grew by 6% while the available applicants and applicants per job declined by 9% and 14% respectively. In February there was a 60% increase in demand from job seekers, while the supply on Careers24 only grew by 6%.

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