The salaries professionals in South Africa can expect to earn in 2022

Specialist recruitment firm Michael Page has published its latest salary guide, showing what skilled professionals in 150 different jobs in South Africa can expect to earn in 2022.

Although South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, the Page Group said it experienced a sharp increase in recruitment assignments in 2021 compared to the previous year.

This was particularly notable for mid to senior management level positions during the first quarter of the year, and this pace continued throughout the year.

“This would indicate that businesses are in need of strong leadership and skilled candidates with considerable experience to drive business recovery during these challenging and uncertain times,” said Paul Newman, operating director for PageGroup South Africa.

“Almost all the industries and sectors showed a positive trend in terms of hiring activity, however, the Healthcare and Technology sectors have been the most active and we anticipate for it to continue in the medium term,” he said, adding that hiring in Engineering, Manufacturing and Mining has also demonstrated momentum.

The has not come without significant changes, however, with Newman highlighting sentiment among job applicants in South Africa looking to fulfil their tasks or responsibilities remotely, highlighting the need for technology capabilities to be accelerated.

“What started as an enforced work-from-home policy for some companies has now evolved into a long-term strategy for most companies, thereby accelerating digital transformation and technology adoption across nearly all industries,” he said.

“With organisations realising that working from home can be productive and is a true solution, we have noticed a sharp increase in global organisations sourcing scarce talent to be based anywhere across the world, this is particularly true within the Technology sector where there is a real skills shortage in South Africa.”

Professional salaries in South Africa

The group’s data for its salary benchmark is derived from the group’s proprietary database, capturing job advertisements and placements throughout 2021. It is also supplemented with data and insights from other studies such as quarterly job market surveys, and insights from interactions with clients and candidates.

The tables below outline the average salaries for South African professionals across all sectors, for both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporations (MNCs). You can view the full report here.

Engineering and Manufacturing


Finance and Accounting

Sales and Marketing

Supply chain and Logistics


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