Salaries for workers in Gauteng are between 20% and 30% higher than for their counterparts in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

However, the gap only applies to certain sectors, says Paul Byrne, MD of CareerJunction.

CareerJunction’s latest salary review, based on actual salary offerings on the Web site, indicates that these salary disparities are mainly felt by professionals in engineering; finance; administration, office and support; warehousing and logistics; and manufacturing and assembly.

“All salaries provided in the report are average salaries, however once you start looking at regional disparities it becomes clear that professionals in Gauteng are higher earners than those in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal,” says Byrne. “While there may be various reasons behind these differences in remuneration, there is evidence of higher demand for various skill sets within Gauteng.”

Comparing salaries from six to 12 months ago, salary offerings for skilled labour within the construction planning and building field increased by an average of 13%. This rings particularly true for architects who earn at least 20% more compared to six months ago; as well as artisans, who can expect salaries up to 15% higher.

Salaries also continue to increase within the field of IT, while finance professionals can expect slightly lower offerings (except for those in underwriting).

The salary review also shows that the average salaries for over 100 jobs across 10 sectors in South Africa, best paid employees, appear to be those in ICT, finance and engineering with many salaries stretching to over R45 000 monthly.

On the other end of the spectrum, professionals in the fields of administration, office and support, design, media and arts, manufacturing and assembly, and warehousing and logistics are the lowest earners, with some salaries starting as low as R5 600 per month.