Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:12

Staff Reporter.

Photo Credit: GCIS.

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
Chef Geologist Multimedia designer
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.