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The Complete Guide to Cape Town Jobs
Cape Town has often been voted the “Greatest City on Earth” many times but the last vote it only came number 3 on the list. But why is it ranked such a great city and how is it really like working and living in Cape Town. Gauteng is South Africa powerhouse accounting for 34% of GDP while Western Cape comes in at number 3 contributing 14%.
In this guide we look at the best jobs in Cape Town and which industries are the most prominent. We also look at why Cape Town is such a great city to live and work in and always makes it to the top of the list of the best cities.
What are the main job opportunities in Cape Town
The financial and business service sector is the largest in Cape Town followed by manufacturing and foreign trade. The high tech, call centre, fashion design, TV and advertising production are all industries that are rapidly growing.
Some of the largest FMCG groups such as Woolworths, Pick n Pay and Checkers head offices are all based in Cape Town. In terms of financials services Allan Gray, Coronation Fund Managers, Sekunjalo Investments and Sanlaam have their head offices based in Cape Town. In terms of technology Naspers the most famous technology company in South Africa is based in Cape Town with some of their investment companies such as Takealot.com and Media24. Other well known technology companies with head offices in Cape Town are Travelstart, Bet.co.za and MWEB.
But what is more interesting is that even so Johannesburg is home to more than 70% of South African companies the startup scene in JHB is only worth $962 million compared to Cape Towns which is worth $2.8 billion according to Genome. As the University of Cape Town has a reputation of producing some of the best IT talent in the country this could account for part of the reason the technology startup scene and industry is so strong in Cape Town.
The Amazon Cloud Service known as AWS was developed in Cape Town and this is one of the most profitable divisions of the Amazon business. Amazon is presently developing a huge warehouses in CT to compete against Takealot (also based in CT) who presently offer a similar service.
Many more companies based in Silicon Valley are now opening a offices in Cape Town turning Cape Town into even a more thriving hotspot for developers and IT specialists so if you are a software developer or engineer one would have no problem finding a job in the city of Cape Town.
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What activities are there to do in Cape Town after work
When one has completed a hard days work or on the weekend there is never a shortage of activities to keep people busy. There are some amazing hikes, beautiful beaches and seascapes surrounded by mountains, nature reserves, and some of the best restaurants in the world that one can spend some recreational time in. If that is not enough there are wine farms spread all over the Cape if one needs some time out to spend a day tasting some of the best ones in the world while being spoiled with lavish platters of food.
Some of the most famous hiking spots in Cape Town is Lions Head, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch, Cape Point, Chapmans Peak not to mention a number of various routes to get to the top of the famous Table Mountain. This is just a few of the amazing hikes that one can do but what makes it even more unusual is that most of these hikes will be less than 15 minutes away from your front door if you are staying in the city centre or close by. If one is searching for a career as a hiking or tour guide obviously Cape Town will offer ample opportunity for this kind of work.
Then if one decides to spend a day on the beach once again the choices will be endless. There are the famous beaches on the Atlantic coast such as Clifton, Camps Bay or the more secluded Llandodno beach or one could venture towards the Indian coast and maybe try Muizenburg, Fishoek or one of the dozens of beaches in that part of the city which just happen to be way warmer than the Atlantic coast. One could then go on from there to explore Cape Point or alternatively do a complete turn around and head towards Gordons Bay passing dozens of more beautiful beaches and experiences along the way.
When it comes to wine tasting once again there is no shortage of chooses. First of all you need to decide where you are and how far you feel like driving. Then depending on that there will probably be some farms as close as 15 minutes to you as the following areas are just some of the areas with the best wine estates to visit: Stellenbosche, Franschoek, Somerset West, Constantia or Durnanville. For home grown Capetonians many will decide they love wine and will go to a wine academy and then search for a nice job in Cape Town after that and their career will be in the wine industry.
And for the more adventurous and sporty who are tired of the hiking can always visit the famous Bloubergstrand. This is a world renowned beach for kite surfers. There will never be a dull moment for those who choose to work and live in Cape Town.
Where to live in Cape Town
Cape Town is a city with lots of mountains, lots of people and lots of traffic so deciding where the best place to stay there while living there will be a balancing act between affordability, proximity to schools, work and activities most enjoyed, and also the kind of living one prefers such as being in a city compared to suburban feel or mountains verse sea scape however in Cape Town one can easily be spoiled with both at the same time.
The Atlantic Seaboard runs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront all the way to Hout Bay. It includes Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Point, Clifton, Fresnaye, Granger Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Kommetji, Llandudno, Misty Cliffs, Mouille Point, Noordhoek, Oudekraal, Scarborough, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay and V&A Waterfront.
The Northern Suburbs includes the areas of Tyger Valley, Bellville CBD, Durbanville, N1 City, Plattekloof, Parow, Goodwood, Epping, Elsies River, Airport and Beaconvale.
The Southern Suburbs include Observatory, Mowbray, Pinelands, Thornton, Rosebank, Rondebosch, Rondebosch East, Newlands, Claremont, Lansdowne, Kenilworth, Bishopscourt, Constantia, Wynberg, Ottery, Plumstead, Diep River, Bergvliet and Tokai.
City Bowl Region lies between Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. This includes areas such as Bo-Kaap, Gardens, Higgovale and Woodstock to name just a few.
Eastern Suburbs which include areas such as Gordons Bay, Sommerset West, Strand and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village.
Western Suburbs which include areas such as Bloubergstrand, Milnerton, Table View and West Beach.
Each one of these regions have there own special characteristics and each region is so large that each place within the region will be completely different.
For example take the Atlantic Seaboard which is one of the most exclusive and well known areas in Cape Town. Hout Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye Granger Bay and Green Point are all very exclusive and expensive areas to live in but all very different from each other. If you are working in some extremely well paid job in Cape Town and you would like to be in the heart of where everything happens one of these areas will be the perfect place to live.
However for the well to do Bishopscourt could also be an excellent choose where you will be surrounded by incredible mountains and forests even if there is no seascape directly in site.
Muizenburg has its own charm and beauty with much lower property prices but if you working in the city centre expect to wake up early to miss the traffic on the way into work. No-one has ever complained about the beauty of living in Blouberg either and money will also go further than the Atlantic Seaboard however, if you will be working in the city centre once again be prepared for some traffic.
How to find a job in Cape Town
One of the best ways of finding a job in Cape Town is to register ones CV on the Executive Placements job portal as this portal is used by 100s of recruiters that are based in Cape Town. It would also be wise to make sure that your profile is kept up to date on LinkedIn.
Many people have claimed that Cape Town is very much about who you know however in a dynamic place like this city if you have the right skills specifically as a software developer or engineer one should have no problems finding work with relative ease as it is without doubt the tech hub of South Africa.
Frequently asked questions
How do Cape Town salaries compare to the rest of the country
According to Offerzen Cape Town developers earn slightly more than they would earn in Johannesburg or Pretoria. Most surveys done including an analysis of the Executive Placements database shows that Gauteng pays the higher in salaries in most industries.
Is it easy to get a job in Cape Town
Cape Town has a diverse economy with many industries growing quickly. If you have excellent skills in almost any industry from Finance, coding to being a good chef or a tour guide you should be able to find a job.
What are the fastest growing sectors in Cape Town.
Cape Town has become well known for its fast-growing IT sector and start up scene. It is also well known for its international call centres.