The Coronacoaster is a constant ride of highs and lows, but Gumtree’s internal data indicate some encouraging markers on the job vacancy front!
South Africa (13 August 2020) – Gumtree has some good news for South Africans looking for jobs!
South Africa’s unemployment figure has officially surpassed the 30 percent mark according to TradingEconomics.com, with experts extremely pessimistic about our short and long-term economic growth prospects. Economist Mike Schussler said unemployment could soar past 50 percent if economic contraction follows the dramatic trend experienced in the United States.
“The last time we had this decline in the world economy [in 2008], South Africa lost 1.3m jobs in 18 months. I believe we will lose more now; we already believe that this recession will have a much greater negative effect on our economy compared to the previous one,” Schussler said.
However, Claire Cobbledick, general manager at Gumtree South Africa, offers a contrarian view to the all-encompassing doom and gloom.
“The Coronacoaster, as we have dubbed it, is a constant ride of highs and lows, but our internal data indicates some encouraging markers on the job vacancy front,” she says.
Cobbledick explains that in 2019, Gumtree recorded approximately one hundred thousand employment opportunities on the site. There are also currently just under 10,000 live jobs advertised on the website from a cross-section of industries, and she expects to see a rise in these numbers in the coming months.
The top 10 job specs on Gumtree currently include the following:
- 1,477 sales jobs
- 961 jobs in construction and trade
- 614 driving and logistics positions
- 526 accounting and finance jobs
- 514 manufacturing jobs
- 505 general work opportunities
- 468 healthcare and nursing jobs
- 445 IT and tech roles
- 413 advertising and marketing opportunities and
- 381 admin jobs.
Pre-COVID-19 data suggested that 525,000 SMEs employ six million South Africans, but this figure is likely to be negatively impacted due to the knock-on effect of lockdown.
Barrie Swart, Head of Operations at Gumtree, says, “The best way to stimulate the economy is by supporting SMEs (small to medium enterprises).”
Swart says, “Gumtree offers a great way for companies that have vacancies to connect with people who are looking for new employment opportunities. We believe our technology supports our communities by streamlining the recruitment and job-seeking processes, and helps small businesses to keep going – and even growing – during this unusual business period.”