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Remote work opportunities to consider this year!

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The state of the South African workforce hasn’t improved significantly since 2020, leaving more and more people desperately looking for additional income opportunities. With the reopening of schools pushed into late February, remote work roles are becoming more popular by the day. Adzuna did some digging and found some of the best work-from-home positions offering flexibility and attractive salaries.

What are the best remote work opportunities in South Africa?

We’re used to expecting less-than-desirable remuneration from online jobs, and it isn’t unusual to see job boards filled with seemingly scammy “form filling” jobs. But the good news is that there are quite a lot of well-paying remote work options that you might want to consider this year. Here’s a look at the kind of jobs you can find and do from the comfort of your own home.

Online Teaching

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is as popular as it was during the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the industry is still recruiting. If you’re able to get certified in TEFL and happened to have a teaching background, you could earn anything between R200 and R300 per hour. Salaries offered for individuals that hold language degrees are even more rewarding.


As mentioned earlier, the delay in the reopening of SA schools is a pain in the neck for parents everywhere. Individuals with teaching qualifications can expand their field of work and make the most of the gap currently being observed in the market. Virtual teaching is a very rewarding remote work opportunity, and the competition isn’t as fierce. Salaries for virtual teaching positions range between R300 and R600 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

Virtual Assistant

If you’ve got working knowledge of IT and are a master when it comes to time management, becoming a VA might be the best career move to make this year. Virtual assistants need to juggle a plethora of tasks when the need calls for it and also need to showcase clerical experience. If you’re keen on becoming a PA and need more flexible working hours than the standard 9-5, this job could be your ideal fit. As a VA, you can earn anything between R250 and R400 per hour.

SEO Consultant

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a form of online marketing, making this a great remote work option for individuals from a marketing background. SEO experts work hard to boost the online presence of their clients. For helping boost search engine rankings, these professionals make anything between R200 and R600 per hour, depending on their experience and qualifications.

Web Designer

If you love coding and have perfected the art of web hosting, becomeing a remote web designer could be the best career move you ever make. Making anything between R500 and R2000 per hour, web designers are highly experienced and qualified professionals that earn lucrative incomes based on their experience and skills.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to remote work, you aren’t limited to data capturing and transcriptions. If you’ve got the right skills and experience, you can easily earn a very rewarding salary while working from home. Adzuna lists all these vacancies, in one place, making it easier than ever for South Africans to find and apply for the job of their dreams!

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