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The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has published the 2021 Critical Skills List which shows which skills are in high demand in South Africa.
The list is important for businesses in South Africa who are looking to attract skilled workers. The last critical skills list was published by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014.
Section 19(4) of the Immigration Act stipulates that, subject to any prescribed requirements, a critical skills work visa may be issued to an individual possessing such skills or qualifications determined to be critical for South Africa.
A growing number of countries are using their immigration policies to attract these skills to their shores.
For example, Britain recently announced favourable visa conditions for much-needed healthcare workers, and Mauritius has introduced a special fast track for investment professionals as it cements its position as Africa’s financial hub.
A summarised overview of some of the skills in-demand can be found in the table below. The complete list can be found in the embedded gazette.
|Actuary||Dockmaster||ICT systems analyst|
|Advertising specialist||Draughtsperson||Industrial engineer|
|Aeronautical engineer||FET college principal||Internal auditor|
|Agricultural farm manager||Fraud examiner||Investment advisor|
|Application development manager||General accountant||Manufacturer|
|Architect||General medical practitioner||Mechanical engineer|
|Chief information officer||Geophysicist||Network analyst|
|Civil engineer||Hydrologist||Quantity surveyor|
|Data scientist||ICT project manager||Registered nurse|
|Digital artist||ICT security specialist||Web developer|
It should be noted that the 2021 Critical Skills List is only a draft list and that businesses and other interested parties have been given an opportunity to further comment on critical skills that are needed.