Is your salary what it should be compared to the rest of South Africa?

October 22, 2014 by Portia Mthembu 

Recently, CareerJunction released its updated salary index showing the average salaries of more than 100 jobs in 10 industries around South Africa.

Report findings indicated that a senior project manager can expect to get a salary of up to R67 234 per month, making the position the highest paid in the country. Senior structural engineers and senior IT managers are the second and third highest paying positions with salaries of up to R64 800 and R55 264, respectively.

Of the national averages, the report revealed that Gauteng by far pays the highest salaries across all industries, while KwaZulu Natal is the lowest paying province.

The salaries listed below are the highest paying jobs per industry:


Senior Project Engineer – R67 234


Building and Construction

Senior Structural Engineers – R64 800


Information Technology

Senior IT Manager – R55 264


Manufacturing & Assembly

Senior Plant Manager – R53 133


Financial Management

Senior Financial Manager – R52 274


Senior Actuary – R52 072


Senior Risk Manager – R51 179

Warehousing & Logistics

Senior Logistics Manager – R51 167


Chartered Accountant – R50 827

Stock Broking & Asset Management

Senior Asset Manager – R47 808

Financial Advisory

Senior Auditor – R46 583



Brand Manager – R44 189



Senior Telecoms Manager – R42 667


Admin, office and support

Senior office managers – R30 121



* The salary findings were of the website’s actual salary offerings, of more than 28 000 jobs, and were compiled over the second and third quarters of 2014.

How to make your business idea successful

October 20, 2014 by Portia Mthembu 

It’s no secret! Now more than ever, entrepreneurship is changing the world. Young entrepreneurs are realizing significant gaps in the market and are seizing the opportunities. Take Ludwick Marishane; The 24 year old from Limpopo founded HeadBoy Industries, “a business that designs and commercializes new services and products in the country”. Marishane’s business idea was so innovative that Google named him among the 12 most intelligent brains in the world.

Mmaking your business ideas successfulSo what does it take to make your business idea work? Is there a given formula?

Not at all. A quick look into successful entrepreneurs and you’ll see that the direction they took is as different as their product or service offering. But although their behaviours were different, their way of thinking may not have necessarily been any different.

The “formula” you need to follow to be successful, simply lies in figuring out what you really want to do. Once you’ve worked that out, who’s to say the same approach won’t work for you?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Figure out what it is that you really want to do – with no passion you won’t give your best efforts.
  2. Start-off by taking a small step toward your goal. Any entrepreneur will tell you that establishing your own business is a risky business. Therefore, taking it step-by-step will stop you from moving too far too quickly.
  3. After the small step, stop to see what you’ve learned so far. A committed entrepreneur gives himself time to consider everything. This way he’ll find out what works and what doesn’t.
  4. Take another small step once you understand what you’ve learned. Then repeat the whole cycle again.

The best entrepreneurs didn’t wait for their ideas to be perfect before they launched their products or services. Instead they changed them along the way as they progressed.

Click here for more information on how to get the Tips from South Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Written by Portia Mthembu, Online Content Administrator at Who’s Who.

Overcoming your fear of Networking

October 17, 2014 by Portia Mthembu 

Most people do not enjoy networking even though it is one of the most important ways of building your professional relationships. Networking involves strategically sharing information you want a person to know about you and your business in an effort to generate more clients, customers or sales. It is a vital element for those that wish to have a successful career.

The truth is you are not alone. Many find the process of introducing yourself, chatting, offering services, exchanging business cards, and the necessary follow-up conversations daunting. But before running away and hiding, ask yourself:

Do I really think that it is reasonable to let my shyness and the accompanying feeling of fear stop me from obtaining my dream career and reaching all my goals?

No, of course not! Rather use these tips to help you overcome your fear of networking:

What not to do:

  •   Talk too loudly or too long;
  •   Interrupt the person speaking;
  •   Spam them afterwards;
  •   Talk about yourself too much;
  •   Force business cards into people’s hands;
  •   Drink more than 2 drinks;
  •   Pitch and sell immediately upon introduction – besides being impersonal, you’ll come across as annoying      or desperate.

What to do:

  •   Shake hands with confidence – even if you’re faking it, they won’t know;
  •   Comment on their business card before putting it away – it’ll leave a lasting impression
  •   Listen intently – you’ll then be able to specifically relate your business to their needs
  •   Remember details –  it’s much easier to spot a potential opportunity when they tell you about their      business;
  •   Ask them questions that will get them talking – then tell them how you can help them;
  •   Send an email the next day telling them it was great to meet them – do not include a long pitch just yet;
  •   Differentiate between your long-term and short-term networking goals – long term is landing a      client/customer while short term is building a relationship.

Your networking goals aren’t about instant gratification- they’re about long-term success. The person you network with may not buy what you’re selling, but someone she knows might! You’ll be glad you forced yourself to network.

As Susan Jeffers says, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Join the Who’s Who community and practice networking with other local professionals. Also, share your thoughts and vote in our Community Poll: Which of these accurately describe your fears regarding networking?