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South Africa – Translators have the best job, miners the worst

07 October 2013

Translators, web developers, and actuaries have the best jobs in South Africa, according to research by online recruitment search engine Adzuna. The research analysed over 2,000 job titles and scored each against 25 criteria, which included earning potential, working conditions, and job security. 

Flora Lowther, head of research at Adzuna, said: “Listing every available vacancy in South Africa and studying the behaviour of millions of monthly job seekers gives us a unique insight into employee satisfaction and perceptions in today’s jobs market.”

According to the research, the best jobs had the most job security and some of the highest salaries. Advertisements for actuaries on the Adzuna website, on average, offered salaries in excess of ZAR 565,000 (USD 56,500) per annum.

Miners have the worst jobs, followed by domestic workers, builders/labourers, journalists, and sous chefs. The research found the high pressure deadlines, the low income-growth potential, and the long hours pushed these roles to the top of the ‘worst list’.

Lesiba Seshoka, spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers was not surprised by the results of the study. “Miners work in temperatures of up to 40 degrees underground in harsh conditions with rocks that might fall at any time. Employers don’t want to recognise the reality that it is the work job.”

According to the study, pilots and doctors have the most stressful jobs. The research noted that journalists rank as the fourth most stressful career choice, primarily because of the high-pressure working environment and the deadline-driven culture.  

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