In Demand: Jobs and Skills in Africa

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It has, for some time now, been established that Africa has great potential and extensive resources. Experts persistently predict a great economic growth phase for the continent in the upcoming future. This forecast indicates an increase in new job opportunities and new industries taking shape.

It is worth noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital upskilling. A PwC Hopes and Fears 2021 survey of over 30 000 workers in nineteen countries revealed a global workforce where the shift to remote working is just the beginning of the greater trend of automation. As companies work towards automation plans and jobs continue the remote work model, employees in all industries will need new skills to think and work differently. In South Africa, 94% of workers state that they are eager to learn new skills to keep up with the change in technology.

As you consider the current climate of employment, it is valuable to know what some of the most sought-after positions in Africa are:

  • Software Developer – between January and February of 2021, the demand for software development positions increased by 22%. Like many countries worldwide, African nations are also transitioning towards a more digital culture where businesses are opting to develop their software and digitise their systems.
  • Business Developer – with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution of 15%, the agricultural sector is experiencing a sharp increase in employment opportunities for farm and other agricultural business ventures. Other areas of opportunity within this industry include agricultural sales, farming journalism and agricultural engineers.
  • Brand Managers – the middle-class purchasing power in several African countries is growing. As more businesses compete within their respective markets, the realisation and need for ways to distinguish themselves increases. Thus, companies are investing more in brand managers and marketers whose primary functions are to improve company image, making them more attractive to customers.
  • Risk Managers – now more than ever, risk managers play a vital role in calculating and managing business-related risks. This can also extend to an advisory and growth role within a company. The position is among the highest-paid within the financial industry.

Countries in Africa continue to seek passionate and motivated employees to join their companies, and the positions mentioned above reflect both diverse and key opportunities for employment.

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Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. Visit prosourcing.co.za for more info.

Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas.

Professional Sourcing can assist with the recruitment process during and after the pandemic. Our team has a strong reputation for recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. Visit prosourcing.co.za for more info.

Professional Sourcing has a strong reputation for highly developed recruitment expertise within our specialisation areas. We develop strong long-term relationships with our loyal clients. Allow us to help you deal with your frustrations of a lengthy hiring process.

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