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These are the skills that Microsoft is looking for in South Africa

A new report by Microsoft and the International Data Corporation shows that South African companies are struggling to find digital skills in the country. Microsoft itself is not immune to these challenges, and over the last four to five years it has focused on re-skilling people across its business, it told...

Job cuts and branch closures help boost Standard Bank results

Banking group Standard Bank has reported a 5% jump in revenue to R110.5 billion for the full year ended December 2019, aided by cost-cutting in a struggling South African economy. Banking operations saw headline earnings up 5% on the prior year (FY18) to R27.2 billion and a return on...

South Africa lost 1 million jobs because of the 2008 recession – here’s why this one could be even worse

Having recently slipped into a technical recession, the South African economy continues to experience dangerously low levels of economic growth, which does not bode well for national employment figures. Making matters worse is the technology-driven fourth industrial revolution which continues to threaten redundancy on a variety of jobs, says...

Why online biographies are more critical than CVs

The job market has changed a lot over the last five years, and now, it is more important than ever to incorporate everything from social media and networking events to online job boards in your search. Obviously, this calls for something more impactful than just a two-page CV. According...

These are the 10 most difficult job posts to fill in South Africa

ManpowerGroup has published the results of its 13th annual talent shortage survey, with skilled trades and technicians topping the list of South African skills shortages. The data shows that large enterprises report a significant 42% shortage in talent and desired skills, followed by 40% for medium, 31% for small,...

The average salary from an MBA in South Africa vs a Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree

One of the strongest selling points for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification is the promise that it offers a significantly higher salary potential for graduates. The most recent findings from the Financial Times (FT), in its Global MBA Index, gives credence to this, highlighting that MBA’s from the...

The degrees that pay the best average salaries in South Africa

Statistics South Africa has published its Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter of 2019, showing that South Africa ended last year with an unemployment rate of 29.1%. This leaves the country’s unemployment rate frozen at record highs, with the pace of job creation unable to keep track with...

You need 70 points to get the UK’s new skills visa – here’s how you’ll be scored

The UK government has detailed its new immigration system, which will come into effect from 1 January 2021. The new system will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points, said UK Home Secretary Priti Patel....

How much you will be taxed in South Africa in 2020 – based on how much you earn

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni outlined the new tax brackets for personal income taxpayers in his Budget speech 2020 on Wednesday (26 February). The minister said that to support growth, the government has proposed no major tax increases, but will instead offer some real personal income tax relief. “This budget...

Doing this one thing will double your chance of getting a job in South Africa

A new study has found that job-seekers with previous work experience who use reference letters in their applications stand to increase their employment prospects by more than 50%. The study was conducted with the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services by researchers professor Martin Abel from the Department of...

These are the top business schools in the world – where an MBA could double your salary

The Financial Times has published its annual ranking of the world’s top business schools. FT’s Global MBA index for 2020 received submissions from 150 business schools around the world, which was then narrowed to a list of the top 100 schools. According to the FT, there are troubled times afoot for...

The average salary from an MBA in South Africa vs a Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree

One of the strongest selling points for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification is the promise that it offers a significantly higher salary potential for graduates. The most recent findings from the Financial Times (FT), in its Global MBA Index, gives credence to this, highlighting that MBA’s from the...