Anticipated Changes to the Critical Skills List

Although not officially published as an update to the Critical Skills List, the Minister of Higher Education and Training has published a Government Notice called The National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018 suggesting an expansion to the list of professions allowing non-South Africans them to live and work in South Africa under a Critical Skills Visa. The professions would now be categorized by the level of demand in South Africa, either because the job type has shown strong employment or wage growth within the past 5 years, there are experienced shortages in the labour market, there is an expectation of increased demand in the future, or its among a new field and which is expected to emerge. The list is ranked in order of demand, from highest to high.

The list is collaboration by the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Labour and a few other governmental and Parastatal Departments.

The list will be updated approximately every two years unless it is decided to do so earlier. The next list is planned to be published in 2020.

The new list has been signed off by the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, however, Home Affairs has yet to release their finalised version of the new Critical skills list. You may download the list published by Minister Pandor by clicking on this link: National-list-of-occupations-in-high-demand-2018.pdf