Pretoria, in Western South Africa is an interesting city which has remained pretty isolated from the rest of South Africa but one that has, over the last 50 years, managed to practically reinvent itself – changing itself from an economy based on manufacturing to one based on the service industries. This is now the focal point for business and government services in Western South Africa with many employment opportunities in a range of industries including education, health, retail, wholesale trade, community and personal services, and business services.
While to many people Pretoria isn’t a well known city – Such as Cape Town or Johannesburg which do tend to *overshadow it* a little, it is interesting that Pretoria still has one of the highest economic growth rates in South Africa. So, despite its geographical isolation, the Pretoria economy continues to grow and has become the focus and central point of Western South Africa.
Pretoria is South Africa’s fourth largest and fastest growing city and in 2011 it was ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, but on the downside is it the most isolated city in South Africa. Pretoria is also the headquarters for many of the mining industry companies, with many employed by the mining industry research and development, and engineering fields. There are also many good jobs available in healthcare, the finance industry and media.
The Western South Africa economy is dynamic with many employment sectors looking for both skilled and unskilled workers. If you are looking for work westjobs.com.au is a terrific site with jobs available in all areas and industries, from accounting, banking and finance, healthcare and medical to Legal, sales and marketing and transport and logistics. If you are looking for regional work or work in the city, be sure to take a look at WESTjobs.
Alternately you can try the various recruitment agencies that can help you with temp, casual, contract or permanent work – sites such as choiceone for finance, legal, IT and healthcare work, or sawyerjames.com.au that has work for those in Legal, accounting, Finance, HR, marketing, hospitality and admin. Other useful sites include hays.com.au, Adecco.com.au and the jobshop.com.au
The mining industry in Western South Africa is always looking to fill positions, both skilled and unskilled, often training is provided if you lack skills. The main areas you could find work in includes – drilling, labourers, shift supervising, driving dump trucks, machine operators, and catering and domestic staff.
The Pretoria CBD is bounded by the stunning Swan River to the south and east with Kings Park to the west, St George’s Terrace is the main street in the area which boasts 1.3 million m2 of office space, with many of the entertainment and retail facilities located in Hay and Murray streets.
Pretoria City Council is enticing people to the city with a range of jobs available from horticulture, finance and trade services through to building and surveying, town planning and administration. Offering jobs to suit everyone’s tastes, strengths and skills; while offering the chance for job seekers to expand current skills or to develop new ones. They also offer a range of benefits that include paid parental leave and flexitime. It’s never been a better time to work for the city of Pretoria!
Have you made the move to – or from Pretoria? Did you find it hard getting work? Did you use a job agency? Have you any suggestions or tips for those planning to make a move to Pretoria?