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Demand for specialist skills rises sharply

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In order to meet the increased demand for specialised skills in a candidate short market, employers need to expand their recruitment sourcing channels to include relying on internal recruitment teams and their own social media, as well as multiple recruitment agencies in order to reach the largest pool of candidates for each role.
This has seen the number of job vacancies advertised across South Africa grow by 19% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year.
In Johannesburg, the number of vacancies is up 39% while steady growth of 22% was seen in Cape Town. The increase in percentage may be as a result of churn in the market place rather than new opportunities.
The figures, taken from the Robert Walters’ South African Jobs Index, show that accounting professionals saw the highest growth in demand for their skills with vacancies up 55% nationwide. Banking and Financial Services vacancies also grew by 29%.
Nic Sephton-Poultney, country manager: South Africa at Robert Walters, comments: “The increase in roles advertised still suggests the need to hire professionally qualified candidates in the South African market.
a”Despite the obvious challenges, opportunities are still presenting themselves in business critical areas, highlighted by the increase in advertised vacancies for finance professionals. Generally these roles are highly specialised and technically orientated. “