Engineering Jobs - Is the Infrastructure Programme going to be the Engineering Sector’s saving grace?

Google search trends show that South Africa currently ranks 4th for the most popular after India, Pakistan and Kenya for this search term 'Jobs in Engineering'.  Zimbabwe features for the highest search volume for Africa as a whole for the search term 'Engineering Jobs', while South Africa ranks 4th for this search term.

 

For many years South Africa has been losing its skills and talent to the rest of the African market as well as internationally, yet there seems to be a glimmer of hope for the Engineering industry with the implementation of Government's massive Infrastructure Programme which s aimed at expanding the energy, transport and water infrastructure for South Africa. But much like the Mining industry, South Africa has lost and abundance of qualified Engineers to the overseas markets and the qualified Engineers that are based in our country aren't being properly deployed according to an article release by Creamer Media's Media Reporter Terence Creamer.

 

Taryn Tegg Recruitment Manager for Hire Resolve says: 'The best year for me as an Agent so far was 2008. We had the Soccer World Cup coming up and so much Construction was happening with the stadiums and general infrastructure in South Africa. 2009 was also just as busy and in 2010, things started quietening down'.

 

Taryn further adds that: '2011 was a touchy year with many restructuring their business and us seeing many applications - mainly from Construction Professionals. 2011 was also a year where many tenders were withdrawn or halted and this in itself caused much distress in companies. Those that were burnt in 2010, were even more cautious in 2011 but 2012 seems to be a year where anything can happen'.

 

Jobs.co.za recently analysed some of the search and industry trends for Engineering Jobs and reports the following:

 

Local and International Search trends and interest for 'Engineering Jobs'

 

  • Search trends show that people are searching for job content most frequently in the months of January, May and September.
  • The search term started to feature in January 2004 on Google Searches in South Africa, peaking in January 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
  • In the last 12 months KwaZulu-Natal has shown the most interest over this period, while in the last 30 days Gauteng has shown the most activity.
  • South Africa ranks 4th as in International interest, after India, Zimbabwe and then Pakistan for the search term 'Engineering Jobs'.
  • South African regions of interest that rank are North West, Free State KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and then Western Cape. 
  • The search term 'Engineering Jobs' receives an average of 27 100 searches per month (less than 1% of global searches for the same term)
  • The search term received its highest peak in January 2004 both locally and Internationally while the highest local peak occurred in January 2010

 

Jobs.co.za extends its insight enquiries into better understanding other what other related local search trends are, for positions within the Engineering sector:

 

Keyword

Local Monthly Search (South Africa)

engineering jobs

27,100

jobs for engineer

27,100

jobs of engineering

27,100

the engineering jobs

27,100

engineering and it jobs

27,100

about engineering jobs

27,100

jobs with engineering

27,100

engineering jobs engineering jobs

27,100

job for engineer

22,200

job for engineering

22,200

the engineering job

22,200

engineeringjobs

14,800

salary in engineering

6,600

engineers salary

5,400

jobs of engineers

4,400

job engineers

2,900

engineers job

2,900

engineering job work

2,900

engineer job description

1,600

 

Online Engineering Content and Supply

 

Users have been searching the web steadily since 2004, a search for web pages that have been optimised to rank for these terms ( ‘allintitle' was included in the advanced search to find content that is optimised for the below terms) shows the following:

 

Search Phrase

Global Pages

Pages from South Africa

Engineering job

4, 590,000

375,000

Engineering Jobs

507,000

4,770

Jobs in Engineering

6, 160,000

199,000

 

Throughout the keyword research, broad search terms have been used to get an understanding of what the trends and interests are for 'Engineering Jobs' considering that the  Engineering sector comprises of 18 fields of Engineering.  This research shows that civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering are by far the most popular searched for engineering terms for South Africans searching on the web.

 

Keyword

Global Monthly Searches

Local Monthly Searches (South Africa)

civil engineering

1,220,000

27,100

mechanical engineering

1,220,000

22,200

electrical engineering

1,000,000

22,200

chemical engineering

673,000

14,800

industrial engineering

246,000

8,100

mining engineering

60,500

4,400

process engineering

201,000

3,600

project engineering

246,000

2,900

aerospace engineering

301,000

1,900

biomedical engineering

450,000

1,600

environmental engineering

246,000

1,600

materials engineering

201,000

1,000

marine engineering

135,000

1,000

manufacturing engineering

135,000

1,000

quality engineering

60,500

720

agricultural engineering

60,500

590

petroleum engineering

165,000

590

nuclear engineering

60,500

390

 

 

Engineering Jobs on SA Job Portals:

South African job portal, Jobs.co.za, consistently ranks the Engineering job category within its top ten categories, most months ranking between positions 4 and 6.  A search across major South African Job Portals - Jobs.co.za, Jobs, Careerunction and Careers24 - brought up 6,069 jobs for the very broad search term 'Engineering Jobs'. With continuous demand within the Engineering sector, especially locally, the number of jobs in comparison to other sectors remains on a constant high.

 

According to the vast amount of optimised web (and job) content  the future could be a bright one for South Africa. And with the implementation of Infrastructure Programme, this could open up many doors for employment, especially for the youth offering great opportunity for career development and experience. With an increase in activity around the Engineering sector, more and more jobs will become available offering Job Seekers within the sector the ability to search through relevant job content, while providing Recruiters with more access to qualified quality candidates in the not so distant future.