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The best and worst paying industries in South Africa

In Giraffe’s first ever salary benchmark, we analysed our database of close to one million medium-skilled candidates to generate an accurate representation of salaries for junior to medium-skilled employees in South Africa across industries, roles, experience level and education level. 

Click here for more details on how this report compares to StatsSA findings

In this analysis banking and IT were found to be the best paying industries in South Africa. These industries however, only employ around 8% of the country’s junior to medium-skilled workforce. The average salary in the banking industry is R10,300, and in IT it is R8,700. Employees in these sectors will earn more than most junior to medium-skilled workers who earn around R6400 per month.

Supermarkets were found to be the worst paying industries, followed by restaurants and hotels. The graph below shows the proportion of employees who earn below minimum wage by sector; 67% of employees working in supermarkets earn below the legislated minimum wage. Minimum wage, according to legislation is either R20 per hour, or R3,500 per month, depending on the number of hours worked. 

Not all well-paying jobs require high level qualifications; the construction industry for instance pays welders and boilermakers an average salary of R11,500. Construction and transport pay junior salespeople best. 

 

Some of the other major findings in this report reveal that

  • The average salary for the majority of working South Africans is R6,400 per month
  • 29% of working people earn less than the national minimum wage
  • Retail is the biggest industry (employing 18% of the workforce) but is also one of the worst paying (40% earn below minimum wage).
  • Banking and IT pay some of the highest salaries but employ only 8% of the working population

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About Giraffe

Giraffe is a job board that automatically screens candidates so you don’t have to. Giraffe enables South African businesses to recruit medium-skilled staff faster and more affordably than any other recruitment method. Because Giraffe has automated the boring parts of the recruitment process– candidate sourcing and screening– business owners and recruiters can focus on more important tasks like interviewing the best candidates and managing retention. Simply post a job on Giraffe. Let Giraffe automatically screen candidates as they apply. Log in, see which candidates have passed your screening, listen to their voice notes and hire the best ones! 

To post a job on Giraffe click here

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