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These jobs have been added to South Africa’s critical skills list

The Department of Home Affairs has published an updated list of critical skills for South Africa, which shows which skills are in short supply across the country.

The new list has added 39 new skills, on top of the previous publication in February of this year.

The Department of the Interior’s critical skills list falls under the Immigration Act and sets out the qualifications and skills that are considered critical for the country in relation to an application for a critical skills work visa or permanent resident permit.

New skills added to the list mainly relate to specialist medical and health practitioners.

The department defines these skills as those who “diagnose, treat and prevent disease, illness, injury and other physical and mental impairments in people, using special testing, diagnostic, medical, surgical, physical and psychiatric techniques.”

“They specialize in certain disease categories, types of patients or methods of treatment and can carry out medical training and research in their chosen areas of specialization,” it said.

This includes:

  • Dentists – specialized in general dentistry, maxillofacial and oral pathology and maxillofacial and oral surgery, among others;
  • Medical practices – specialized in anesthesiology, cardiothoracic surgery, clinical pharmacology and public health, and pediatrics, among others;
  • Pharmacist – including industrial pharmaceutical products, among others.

The addition of medical professionals to the list comes after the Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted an advisory note to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi earlier this year on how the list could be expanded.

The opposition party noted that there were several notable omissions from the list published in February, including medical professionals.

“Not only does South Africa have a skills shortage in the health professions, but the country is also not training enough doctors and nurses to close the health inequality gap,” the DA said at the time.

The DA has also raised concerns about a shortage of maths and science teachers in the country.

Along with medical professionals, several key skills remain on the list from February.

A summary of some of the skills in demand can be found in the table below. The full list can be found in the embedded gazette.

Actuary External auditor Nursing education
Aeronautical engineer School Teacher FET Phase (Grades 10-12) Physicist
Agricultural scientist Geologist Policy and planning manager
Architect ICT System Analyst Quantity surveyor
Biotechnologist Industrial engineer Research and development manager
Chemist Investment manager School teacher senior phase (grades 8-9)
Chief Information Officer Mechanic Software Developer
Civil engineer Metallurgist Systems Engineer
Conservation scientist Microbiologist Tax Professional
Corporate treasurer Mineralogist Zoologist
Economist Multimedia designer

Note: The gazetted list appears to be missing a page (Pg 20), which includes skills 132-139. The department will probably update it


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These jobs have been added to South Africa’s critical skills list

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