The most in-demand jobs in 2019The new year is prime time for job seekers, as it is known to present the most job openings. Here, Affirmative Portfolios has compiled a guide to professions that will be in high demand among employers in 2019. At the end of last year, the Department of Labour released its job opportunities and employment report. It was based on more than 48 309 online and newspaper job vacancy advertisements over the course of the 2017/18 financial year.

Out of the job vacancies advertised, the following vacancies were in highest demand: sales and marketing managers; software developers; shop sales assistants; retail and wholesale trade managers. We deduced that for this year the most sought-after jobs among employers will be;

Sales Manager

As a sales manager, your role consists of a number of responsibilities, such as putting through customer orders and tracking them.
As well as dealing with customer orders, sales managers also take care of creating and tracking deliveries and recovering claims.

General Accountant

The main responsibility of a standard general accountant is usually to draw up balance sheets.
Accountants are also typically in charge of managing tax returns.

Business or Compliance Lawyer

A business or compliance lawyer is responsible for reviewing contractual documents and legal notices.
Roles in addition to reviewing paperwork include audits and risk analyses.

Web Developer

Generally, web developers focus on coding websites or applications.
As well as coding, the role involves setting up tests to ensure the site or app is functioning properly.

Data Analyst

As a data analyst, you’re responsible for analysing a company’s data and looking at how it can be exploited.
In essence, a data analyst’s job is simply to translate numbers into plain English.

Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

The main responsibility encompassed within this role is to assess and monitor a company’s financial health.
Financial Planning and Analysis Managers often look at various indicators when establishing a company’s financial situation, such as debt and equity.

GDPR Project Managers

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) project managers are responsible for ensuring a company is in compliance with the new GDPR rules.
GDPR regulations have had a heavy impact on companies in terms of customer engagement and marketing strategies.

While salaries vary depending on training, experience, type of business or competition, professions that are in high demand often allow candidates to negotiate good salaries. Furthermore, the trend confirms that the main economic sectors have sustained employment creation during the department’s reporting period.