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South Africa 122 new critical skills list shows jobs in demand

new critical skills list

On Thursday, South Africa finally released a proposed new list of critical skills that can make it easier for foreigners in certain jobs to work here.

Those who meet the requirements on the list can get easier access to a visa to work and live in South Africa.

The existing critical skills list was last updated in 2014, and the new list was gazetted for comment on Thursday.

The new document includes much of the long existing list of technology-focussed, as well as engineering, financial and medical critical skills.

New additions include university lecturer, general accountant, company secretary, management accountant and investment manager, fraud examiner, digital artist, chef, and carpenter.

But some of the jobs that were on the 2014 critical list were scrapped, including corporate general manager, millwright and pipefitter.

Some jobs require honours degrees for professionals to qualify for special immigration treatment but only one job – that of university lecturer – requires a master’s degree.

Here is South Africa’s new list of jobs that require critical skills:

  1. Policy and planning manager (Membership in the Institute of Directors in South Africa “will be preferable”)
  2. Sales and marketing manager
  3. Research and development manager
  4. Agricultural farm manager 
  5. Manufacturer
  6. Manufacturing operations manager
  7. Engineering manager (requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  8. Construction project manager (requires registration with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions)
  9. Airport or harbour manager 
  10. Chief information officer
  11. ICT project manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  12. Data management manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  13. Application development manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  14. Information technology manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable)
  15. Information systems director (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable)
  16. FET college principal (Requires registration with the South African Council for Educators)
  17. Call or contact centre manager (Membership in the Contact Centre Management Group will be preferable)
  18. Caravan park and camping ground manager
  19. Dockmaster
  20. Travel accommodation inspector
  21. Travel agency manager (Membership in the Association of Southern African Travel Agents will be preferable)
  22. Geologist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  23. Geophysicist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  24. Materials scientist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  25. Mineralogist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  26. Hydrologist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  27. Oceanographer (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
  28. Actuary (Requires registration with the Actuarial Society of South Africa)
  29. Food and beverage scientist
  30. Industrial engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  31. Industrial engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  32. Civil engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  33. Civil engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  34. Mechanical engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  35. Mechanical engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  36. Aeronautical engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  37. Aeronautical engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  38. Naval architect
  39. Quantity surveyor (Requires registration with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession)
  40. Agricultural engineer
  41. Agricultural engineering technologist
  42. Architect (Requires registration)
  43. Digital artist
  44. Multimedia designer
  45. Web designer
  46. General medical practitioner (Requires registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa)
  47. Registered nurse (child and family health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  48. Registered nurse (community health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  49. Registered nurse (medical) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  50. Registered nurse (medical practice) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  51. Registered nurse (mental health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  52. Nurse educator (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
  53. Hospital pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
  54. Industrial pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
  55. Retail pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
  56. University lecturer (Requires at least a master’s degree)
  57. General accountant (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
  58. Management accountant (Requires registration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  59. Tax professional (Requires registration with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners)
  60. External auditor (Requires registration with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors)
  61. Accountant in practice (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
  62. Financial accountant (Requires registration with the Institute of Accounting and Commerce)
  63. Forensic accountant (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
  64. Investment analyst (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
  65. Investment manager (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
  66. Investment advisor (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
  67. Financial investment advisor (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
  68. Management consultant (Membership in the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  69. Organisation and methods analyst
  70. Business development officer
  71. Policy analyst
  72. Company secretary (Membership of a relevant body “will be preferable”)
  73. Organisational risk manager
  74. Accounting officer (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
  75. Business administrator (Membership in the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  76. Internal auditor (Requires registration with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors)
  77. Regulatory affairs officer
  78. Intellectual property special advisor
  79. Fraud examiner (Membership in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners South Africa “will be preferable”)
  80. Advertising specialist (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa” will be preferable”)
  81. Market research analyst (Membership in the Southern African Marketing Research Association “will be preferable”)
  82. Marketing practitioner (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  83. Market campaign analyst (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  84. Communication coordinator (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  85. Communication strategist (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
  86. Corporate communication manager
  87. ICT systems analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  88. Data scientist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  89. Software developer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  90. Programmer analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  91. Developer programmer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  92. Multimedia specialist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  93. Web developer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  94. Applications programmer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  95. Computers quality assurance analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  96. Database designer and administrator (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  97. Network analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  98. ICT security specialist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
  99. Information services manager (Requires registration with the Professional Librarian Library Association of South Africa)
  100. Mechanical engineering technician
  101. Pressure equipment inspector
  102. Aeronautical engineering technician (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
  103. Draughts-person (Requires registration with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession)
  104. Production/operations supervisor (manufacturing)
  105. Statistical and Mathematical Assistant
  106. Property manager
  107. Chef (Requires registration with the South African Chefs Association)
  108. ICT communications assistant
  109. Computer network technician 
  110. Marine GIS technician
  111. Contact centre resource planner 
  112. Contact centre forecast analyst
  113. Carpenter and joiner 
  114. Carpenter
  115. Joiner
  116. Metal machinist
  117. Fitter and turner
  118. Industrial machinery mechanic 
  119. Diesel mechanic
  120. Mechatronics technician
  121. Lift mechanic
  122. Weapon systems mechanic
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