South Africa’s Critical Skills Survey Released

On January 24, 2018 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment


South Africa has for a number of years been suffering from a major skills shortage, particularly in technical fields. 75% of companies admit that they actively seek international talent to fill their skills needs, even despite viewing the visa processes needed as prohibitive

Xpatweb has published the results of its critical skills survey, which lists the types of skills and sectors which companies have identified as being the most lacking in South Africa.

The survey results identified occupations in critical areas where companies struggle to find the necessary skills, locally. The most critical skills were identified in these areas:

  • Engineers
  • ICT specialists
  • Financial specialists and accountants
  • Specialised technical skills
  • Sales managers
  • Senior management

Like many countries, South Africa opens up its visa processes to people who meet the requirements to fill roles or jobs that fall under its critical skills list. With the South African government willing to open up its borders – or at least make the visa processes easier – for technically-skilled foreigners who can meet job requirements that cannot be locally sourced

The list covers 12 broad educational fields:

  • Agriculture, Agricultural Operations and Related Sciences
  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Business, Economics and Management Studies
  • Information Communication & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  • Life and Earth Sciences
  • Professionals and Associate Professionals
  • Trades
  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Post-Graduates

Along with the broader fields above, there are also over 220 specific careers or qualifications that fall into one or more of those fields

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