New data published by online job portal, Adzuna, shows that if you are thinking of relocating to the Mother City from the economic hub of Joburg, you will most likely need to look for free activities on weekends as your pay is likely to be substantially less.
Worse still, Adzuna‘s data shows that the salary gap between Cape Town and Johannesburg has widened during 2016.
“It used to be that, on average, those in the Cape boasted a better quality of living to compensate for only a slightly different salary to those in Gauteng. It doesn’t seem to
be so clear cut any longer,” said Jesse Green of Adzuna South Africa.
In broad statistics, the Western Cape lists 22,230 jobs at an average salary of 13% less than Gauteng’s 53,815 jobs.
Even more pronounced was the difference of over 18% between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The average of all South Africa’s more than 130,000 positions was R375,786.
  • JNB – R427,892
  • CPT – R352,089
“These statistics are averages and many industries and job types are mixed together, but even so, the message is clear,” said Green.
Gauteng also is home to more than half the 130,000 jobs analysed from the Adzuna website. While many of those moving to Cape Town do receive a higher salary at the coast, there are fewer positions to choose from.
Those living in Johannesburg often quote the pace of a big city, the financial benefits and the cosmopolitan atmosphere, whereas the attraction factors to the Cape are usually cited as non-financial.
Capetonians and those in the Western Cape mostly mention their quality of living, a sounder government and the abundance of nature, wine farms and beaches.
Adzuna said it also spoke to a few job seekers about the numbers. A respondent named Claudette, who moved to Cape Town a few years ago from the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, said that she would never dream of moving back, even for a huge pay rise.
On the other hand, Nic, who has just accepted a new opportunity in Gauteng,
said: “I will miss the Cape, but jobs like this one just aren’t located here, you have to be prepared to move to where the action is.”
“Which of these factors is more important, is definitely subjective, yet with the above information one can hopefully make a more informed choice when looking to make a move,” Green said.
Using first quarter stats published in April, Adzuna identified the best paying provinces in the country according to the average advertised salary.
Best paying provinces in South Africa
#ProvinceAverage Advertised Salary (April 2016)
1North WestR453 050
2Northern CapeR401 747
3LimpopoR392 419
4GautengR385 477
5MpumalangaR381 850
Average for South AfricaR358 140
6Western CapeR336 248
7Eastern CapeR299 154
8KwaZulu NatalR284 211
9Free StateR279 493
Stats SA’s Labour Market Dynamics Report for 2009 to 2015, showed that the average South African wage was R3,200 in 2015.
The stats body’s data also showed the median monthly earnings of employees by province between 2010–2015:
South Africa
R2 900R3 100R200
Western Cape
R3 000R3 250R250
Eastern Cape
R2 200R2 418R218
Northern CapeR2 058R2 383R325
Free StateR2 000R2 500R500
R2 500R2 500R0
North WestR3 000R3 000R0
GautengR3 500R4 500R1 000
MpumalangaR2 800R3 000R200
LimpopoR1 800R2 300R500

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