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Find, in this article, an overview of Johannesburg's economy, labor market and some tips to help you find a job.

Being a major South African city and metropolis, Johannesburg is an ideal destination for foreign professionals seeking new opportunities. Indeed, the economic capital city suffers from a lack of expertise in several fields, thus opening its labor market to highly qualified and skilled foreign professionals despite a quite high unemployment rate throughout the country.

Rather underestimated by its dense population, Johannesburg, is in continuous renovation since the 2000s. Local authorities have been trying to reorganize the city-center, particularly with the setting up of a new administrative and cultural administration intended for tourism. Note that Johannesburg also hosts the South African Stock Exchange and the Constitutional Court.


Johannesburg's economy mainly relies on industry and services. Foreigners, for their part, are entitled to professional opportunities in the fields of information and communication technology, real estate, transports, health care, among others.

In general, both South African and foreign nationals tend to look for career prospects in other cities with the belief that wages are higher elsewhere. However, you might be lucky with a solid resume detailing your high qualifications and skills in a particular field.

 Good to know:

Sandton is deemed to be the most active and promising area in terms of economy and trade. Most foreign professionals tend to turn to this area during their job search.

Find a job

First of all, start by browsing job offers on the Internet via general and specialized job websites, as well as professional social networks and other virtual platforms. Feel free to contact your home country's Chamber of Commerce in South Africa as well. Else, you can select a few companies from the Yellow Pages to which you can send spontaneous job applications.

If you are already on the spot, consider checking out classified ads in local newspapers such as Business Day, Sowetan, Mail & Guardian and Times.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Jobs in Johannesburg 
Career Junction www.careerjunction.co.za
Careers24 www.careers24.com
Sowetan (with Career Junction) www.sowetanlive.co.za
Mail & Guardian jobs.mg.co.za

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