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Political uncertainty, economic challenges and environmental changes… South Africa and the rest of the world have definitely experienced some trying times in the past few years.  In this fast-paced  modern world, the world of work has had to adapt quickly to keep up, with a number of fields experiencing rocketing growth and phenomenal advancements. In South Africa, we’ve seen this in some unexpected, as well as the predicted, areas. These industries has seen some incredible growth and a wealth of exciting opportunities for job-seekers; definitely job sectors to watch.  Here we highlight 3 fast-growing fields:

Software development

A quickly advancing and competitive field, the software development sector has seen phenomenal growth in terms of employment opportunities in the past few years. The advancement and growing popularity of modern technology has been a vital part of this growth, and the world of software development has grown in leaps and bounds. Location wise, we’ve also seen greater flexibility and changing opportunities for software engineers and developers in South Africa. In earlier years, software jobs were almost solely focused in South Africa’s economic hubs,  but this is no longer the case: well-paying software jobs can now be found all over the country.

Tourism and hospitality

With a government endorsement as one of the key sectors of the South African Economic Growth Path, the tourism and hospitality field is sure to see a boost in job opportunities in the coming years. The Cape water crisis may have dealt a blow to the sector in 2017 and 2018, but with the international travel market growing steadily, South Africa is still expected to profit from increasing numbers of tourists. Globally,  international arrivals are expected to grow by 5% in 2019;  undoubtedly good news for South Africa’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Wind turbine service technicians

Given a global interest in renewable energy and the swiftly advancing technology, wind energy is an exciting field to watch. Minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, recently declared the governments’ interest in coordinating the socio-economic and enterprise development spend of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).  The South African wind energy sector has gone to great lengths to demonstrate their intent to foster employment in the renewable energy sector, with the adoption of an Energy Transformation Charter tackling the issues of socioeconomic transformation and employment creation.

International trends and the changing needs of the modern world has served as the driving force behind many of the latest employment tendencies and have predicted the changing employment needs of today.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Koekemoer

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