Careers24's May recruitment trends report shows growth in engineering

Careers24 has released their latest recruitment trends, report which shows an interesting change in recruitment in the field of engineering. While there was a slight decline in the demand for candidates (-1%) there was a 4% increase in candidate supply as well as a 5% increase in the applicants per job posting.
Careers24's May recruitment trends report shows growth in engineering

These stats interestingly contradict what the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) said last year with the launch of their initiative to 'tackle the chronic shortage of engineering skills'.

Other significant trends were:
  • 30% increase in job postings for the Manufacturing, Trade and Mining sectors.
  • 17% increase in construction job postings which were met with a 25% reduction in applications per post.
  • 26% increase in posts for Design and Arts.
  • 31% increase in posts for Warehousing and Logistics.
Overall the trend has shifted from the stats released in February. In May the job postings grew by 6% while the available applicants and applicants per job declined by 9% and 14% respectively. In February we saw a 60% increase in demand from job seekers while the supply on Careers24 only grew by 6%.

The highest growth in demand for candidates came from the following sectors: Admin, office and support; warehousing and logistics; manufacturing, trades and mining; and sales. The top sectors however, from a candidate supply point of view, were engineering; finance and accounting; IT, tech and telecoms; design and arts; and manufacturing, trades and mining.

The data is based on usage patterns of both recruiters sourcing candidates and candidates who apply for positions on the platform.

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13 Jul 2015 09:03