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.
This is an important development as it provides South African businesses with a framework if they want to attract skilled workers to South Africa.
A critical skills work visa may only be issued to an individual possessing such skills or qualifications determined to be critical for South Africa.
The last critical skills list was published by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014, which means an update was sorely needed.
The importance of a revised critical skills list was highlighted by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address, especially as the country is trying to grow the economy.
South Africa is losing thousands of skilled professionals per year to other countries, and it is crucial to also attract talent to local shores.
Xpatweb director Marisa Jacobs said attracting the skills the country need is vital if we are to increase economic output and get the economy back on track.
“In today’s sophisticated and highly competitive economies, countries are competing for skills to help them stay abreast of fast-moving technologies and rapidly changing business models,” she said.
“A growing number of countries are using their immigration policies to attract these skills to their shores,” she said.
The revised critical skills list is therefore important to ensure South Africa is not left behind in the fight for valuable skills globally.
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.
Critical technology skills
A summary of the critical tech skills is provided in the table below.
|Critical Skills List|
|Chief information officer||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|ICT project manager||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Data management manager||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Application development manager||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|Information technology manager||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|Information systems director||Bachelor honours degree, postgraduate diploma, or bachelor’s degree|
|Multimedia designer||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|Web designer||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|ICT systems analyst||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|Data scientist||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|Software developer||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Programmer analyst||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Developer programmer||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Multimedia specialist||Bachelor’s degree or advanced Diploma|
|Web developer||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Applications programmer||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Computers quality assurance analyst||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Database designer and administrator||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Network analyst||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|ICT security specialist||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Information services manager||Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma|
|ICT communications assistant||Diploma or advanced certificate|
|Computer network technician||Diploma or advanced certificate|