OfferZen salary expectations

Once your profile is live on OfferZen you won’t be able to change your expected salary amount. It’s really important that you talk to your Talent Advisor to help you set an expected salary that makes sense for you. 

We want you to get as many interview requests as possible, which gives you more companies to choose from when deciding on your next job. 

How dev salaries work in South Africa

Salary amounts vary quite a lot in South Africa, they aren't as evenly balanced as they are in more established markets like the US or EU. 

We’ve found that companies in South Africa take several factors into account when determining a job offer. 

  • Where you're looking or work affects what companies are willing to pay - down to the suburb. Have a look at our comparison of Cape Town vs Joburg salaries.
  • Your skills and experience level and how well that will translate into value for the company. If your skills are a great fit then you may receive a better offer than if you'll need to take time learning new technologies: but keep in mind that being flexible gives you more options and is often a better over a long-term. Experienced polyglot developers generally have a better fundamental understanding of software development and are more sought after.
  • The amount of responsibility you're looking to take on. In general, devs with managerial experience receive higher salaries.
  • Performance in interviews such as how well you relate to the interviewers and how much enthusiasm you show for the business. This is generally where companies decide whether or not you're a "culture fit".
  • Your salary expectations. If you have high expectations, companies will be looking for exceptional reasons to hire you and you may get less final offers than if your expectations are lower. They will also expect you to deliver closer to your maximum capacity.
  • How your salary expectations compare against their employees at a similar skill / experience.
  • Many companies will ask you to provide a current pay slip and factor this into their offer. This is an unfortunate reality and you should be prepared for this.

Take a look at our guide to interviewing if you want to find out how to do better in interviews :)

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