Working in South Africa



Working in South Africa can be any expat's dream with the country's flourishing job market, pro-labor policies and competitive jobs in various sectors such as Information Technology, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, and Sales and Marketing. 

Finding a Job

While locals secure jobs through personal connections, foreigners may do so by sending their resumes/CV to employment agencies and recruiters. However, it is also acceptable among South African employers to review candidates who directly send them credentials addressed to the company. Online resources have also proven to be useful for job seekers as well as government agencies devoted to helping expats build on their skills by providing training and, eventually, assistance through employment.

Two types of resumes are normally required when applying for jobs in South Africa. One is a brief profile of an applicant's work experience, training and education. If an employer is interested, he usually requests a comprehensive resume which will be a more extensive report of an applicant's work history, capabilities, training, education, personal information and other details relevant to the position sought.

Work Customs

A typical job in South Africa requires 40-45 hours work per week with most companies operating a flexi-time scheme that offers employees the option between a 7am-4pm, 8am-5pm or 9am-6pm daily work shift. A typical workweek ends on a Friday. The entertainment and retail sectors are open longer hours, sometimes up to 12. Hence, employees will work more hours daily with a workweek covering all seven days, Sundays through Saturdays.


Salaries in South Africa vary from one position to the next but Construction Project Managers generally earn the most at ZAR 352,683  (USD 47,724.36) annually followed by General/Operations Managers who make about ZAR 316, 543 (USD 42,833.69) each year. In terms of industry, IT specialists are the top earners with an annual income of up to ZAR 532,447 (USD 72,000) in annual income.

South Africa's salaries are comparably lower than those of other developed countries. However, expats will find the comparison of no value as the cost of living is significantly lower and the South African Rand is relatively strong in terms of purchasing power.

The United Nations classifies the country as middle-income but it's potential poises it for greater heights; its natural resources, liberalized economic policies and a skilled and talented workforce combine to make South Africa a worthy home for any expat.


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