Once upon a time I went for an interview at an ad agency in Jozi. When they inquired about my Cape Town salary, they laughed at my reply.
They were not about that game. For the same job, they immediately offered me double.
It’s no secret that Johannesburg, while it is all about the money, is about the salary, too.
Recently, CareerJunction released its salary review for South Africa, listing the salary ranges for 10 sectors across the country.
Here’s the lowdown, focusing on three provinces, courtesy of BusinessTech:
Gauteng, for numerous reasons, tops all but one of the 10 sectors in terms of best pay. The province contributes approximately 35% to the economic output of South Africa – and has the highest concentration of businesses head offices.
The one category in which Gauteng loses out is in Warehousing, where the Western Cape sees the highest regional difference in pay, at 6.5% higher than the average.
However, the province only sees pay higher than the average in one other category (ICT), with all other job categories in the Western Cape lower than the national average.
Looking at KwaZulu Natal, the province’s average pay is lower than the national average in every category (though there was not enough data to determine the average in Marketing).
Here are some informative comparative graphs:
Based on over 30 000 job listings on the site, CareerJunction took an average of every salary offered (on a monthly basis and both skilled and senior positions) and, together with the region, listed them comparatively:
So, ready to change the game? I wouldn’t be too keen on switching the peninsula for much – even if our traffic is nearly as awful as Jozi’s once was.
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