The Department of Higher Education and Training has gazetted a list of the most in-demand skills in South Africa, published in their 2020 National List of Occupations in High Demand (OIHD).
The list is made up of 345 high demand occupations including a range of medicine-related fields, as well as engineering and ICT skills.
In terms of the published list, the government regards an occupation as being in shortage when the demand for labour exceeds the supply of people willing to work in that job for a particular income, under current working conditions at the current time.
If you’re a higher education student (HES) looking to get a study visa for South Africa, or you have critical skills in the ICT, medical or engineering sector, and would like to immigrate to South Africa on a work visa, this list is hugely helpful. As a student, it can help steer your direction of tertiary study, while if you’re a skilled worker qualified in these fields, it can help you identify employment opportunities to obtain a work visa to live in South Africa temporarily, and eventually on a permanent basis via a permanent residency visa.
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