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April 7th, 2017 by


Manpower Group released the results of its latest Employment Outlook Survey. The survey shows South African employers’ optimistic outlook about the local economy and possible job opportunities in 2017.

The survey, which covered 751 employers across the country, showed that 12% of employers are expecting to increase staff levels this year. While only 5% are expecting to let staff go, giving the country a 7% net employment outlook.

The majority of employers (81% of respondents) expect to keep their staff levels stable for the year. South Africa’s hiring prospects at Q2 of 2017 were unchanged from the first quarter. But, is 2% higher than they were in Q2 of 2016, Manpower said.

“As global economic uncertainty continues, many businesses will be more cautious about increasing staffing levels. The majority of local employers said they anticipated no change in their staffing levels for the upcoming quarter. This is a reflection of economic uncertainty translating into the local employment market,” said Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD of Manpower SA.

Which Province Has The Most Job Opportunities?

The strongest labour market is forecast in the Western Cape, where employers report a net employment outlook of +14%. In the other provinces, employers showed an increase of 9% in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, +6% in Eastern Cape, and +4% Gauteng.

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According to van den Barselaar, Western Cape job seekers will benefit from various infrastructure and tourism projects. This is particularly evident around Plettenberg Bay and Cape Town, with many developments already taking place.

Gauteng, while remaining the economic hub of the country, has far more muted employment prospects. Most of the drive comes from focused transformation projects, headed by the provincial government.

Job Opportunities In All Sectors Looking Up

Employers in all 10 industry sectors forecast an increase in payrolls during the upcoming quarter.

Transport, Storage, and Communication sector employers report the strongest hiring intentions with a net employment outlook of +15%. While outlooks stand at +11% in both the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing sector and the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector.

Employers in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector report cautiously optimistic hiring plans, with an outlook of +10%. While outlooks of +9% are reported in both the Electricity, Gas and Water Supply sector and the Restaurants and Hotels sector.

Meanwhile, the most cautious outlook of +1% is reported by Mining and Quarrying sector employers.

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Employer Categories

Participating employers are categorised into one of four organisation sizes:

  1. Micro businesses have less than 10 employees
  2. Small businesses have 10-49 employees
  3. Medium businesses have 50-249 employees
  4. Large businesses have 250 or more employees.

Staffing levels are expected to grow in all four organisation size categories during 2Q 2017, the report said.

Large employers report upbeat hiring prospects with a net employment outlook of +18%, Medium businesses at +8% and Micro businesses at +6%.