10 jobs that currently offer the most work-from-home options in South Africa
A new CareerJunction analysis of employment trends shows remote work opportunities have increased significantly in South Africa over the past 12 months. The group saw a 160% increase in such opportunities from March 2021. Over a longer period – since March 2020 – there are approximately 22 times more remote work opportunities in the market, the group said. .
However, this trend may soon begin to reverse as the world of work returns to “normal” and companies demand that their employees return to work. Even so, the staffing firm said the workplace is unlikely to reach pre-pandemic office time levels any time soon.
“In the coming months, there may be a decline in remote work opportunities following the recent lifting of the national state of disaster,” CareerJunction said.
“However, the fact that many companies have already invested in remote work technology to attract top talent and reduce overhead means that remote work is unlikely to disappear from the employment landscape anytime soon.”
Top roles with the most remote work opportunities include:
- software development;
- Data Analysis/Data Warehouse;
- System/network administration;
- business analysis;
- Intermediate/departmental management;
- Internal Audit ;
- Sales Representative/Council;
- Personal assistant;
- External Audit;
- Staff recruitment/selection.
FNB property data shows many South African offices are empty, despite the government lifting almost all lockdown restrictions and calling for a return to work.
The bank said new office development projects have also fallen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and have yet to see the same recovery as other sectors.
The low level of planned development of new office space, despite some recent growth, is not surprising given the national office vacancy rate at a high level of 18.2% in 2021, according to MSCI. However, the FNB Property Broker Survey recently hinted at the start of some decline in vacancy rates, said FNB real estate industry strategist John Loos.
Employment figures in office-related economic sectors declined during the shutdowns in 2020 and did not recover significantly. Further working levels than in pre-lockdown days are a reality, and more efficient use of office space through ‘hosting’ office space is also a crucial factor, it said. -he declares.
“Enacted office plans were down 58.96% year-over-year in February 2022 from a very low base a year prior. monthly figures for this small sector are very volatile.More insightful is that for the 12 months to February 2022, the square meter of adopted office space plans increased positively year-over-year by 35.85% compared to the low base of the 2020 lockdown year.”
Although seemingly impressive, this positive growth does not nearly offset the earlier weakening during the lockdown period, remaining down 39.0% in the 12 months to February 2020, just before closures, and by 62.5% in the 12-month period to February 2018, Loos said. .
“Given major structural changes in office work, including a shift to greater remote working and hospitality of office spaces, the office segment is likely to be an area of underperformance for long-term construction activity, with its share of total construction activity likely to decline further in the longer term.
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