List of scarce skills in South Africa in 2021

List of scarce skills in South Africa in 2021

What are the most scarce skills in South Africa? As the country battles high unemployment rates, it is striking to note that there are no sufficient applicants with qualified skills for available career opportunities. Disturbing findings on the scarcity of professionals in some fields has gained widespread coverage in the recent past following employer frustrations to find adequately skilled workers. As a result, many South African workers are now asking, which skills are most in-demand by employers? Here is the most recent list of scarce skills in South Africa.

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Learning about skills that are bestselling is essential in deciding what to pursue in college. The current dynamic working environment also demands a proper understanding of skill relevancy in modern applications. It is unfortunate that some of the courses that admit thousands of learners yearly are no longer viable in the current economic system, partly because of modernisation. Hold on, what is the scarce skill? In a nutshell, these are qualifications for which only a few persons are available for the job. Scarcity often arises when the vocation is new, and only a few professionals have relevant skills in the area.

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Most scarce skills in South Africa 2021

What careers are in high demand right now? We have taken a thorough review of the most sought after skills by employers and prepared a comprehensive list for your enlightenment. Our list is crucial in proper human resource planning, development of relevant qualifications, and development of suitable international recruitment strategies. Some careers in demand in South Africa 2021 require urgent interventions for smooth national operations.

The most scarce skills in South Africa

Below is a comprehensive list of the South African critical skills list 2021.

South African critical skills list 2021

South Africa is a conducive destination for career development given postmodern working environments and huge industrialisation boom. Our critical skills list South Africa is useful for both local and international workers interested in filling on-demand positions, so here are the highly demanded jobs in South Africa 2021 based on the critical skills list South Africa 2021 pdf.

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1. Information technology and communication

  • Information technology and telecommunications directors
  • IT specialist managers
  • IT project and programme managers
  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
  • Web design and development professionals
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • All other ICT professionals not elsewhere classified

2. Engineering

List of scarce skills in South Africa
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  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Site Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Design and Development Engineers
  • Production and process engineers
  • Façade Designer
  • Material Scientists
  • Setting Out Engineer

3. Health professionals and related clinical sciences

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  • Medical Practitioners
  • Industrial Pharmacists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Radiographers
  • Gastro-Intestinal Technologists
  • Vascular technologists
  • Physiologists
  • Audiologists
  • Perfusionists
  • Senior health services and public health managers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Nurse Managers
  • Advanced Nursing Practitioners
  • Registered Midwives
  • Clinical Midwife Specialists
  • Clinical Midwife Managers
  • Advanced Midwife Practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Prosthetists
  • Orthotists
  • PHECC Registered Paramedics
  • PHECC Registered Advanced Paramedic Practitioners

4. Architects, Town Planners, and Surveyors

List of scarce skills in South Africa
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  • Architect
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Construction Project Managers

5. Business, management, and economics

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List of scarce skills in South Africa
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  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Taxation experts
  • Qualified accountants
  • Tax consultants
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Actuaries
  • Statisticians
  • Economists

6.Natural and Social Science Professionals

  • Chemical scientists
  • Medical laboratory scientists
  • Biological scientists
  • Biochemists
  • Physical scientists

7. Quality and Regulatory Professionals

  • Quality control and planning engineers
  • Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
  • Environmental health professionals

8. Media Professionals

  • Art Director in 2D or 3D animation,

9. Artistic, literary and media occupation

  • Animation Background and Design Artist in 2D or 3D animation

10. Design Occupations

  • Location Designer in 2D or 3D animation
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D animation
  • Prop Designer in 2D or 3D animation
  • Animation Layout Artist in 2D or 3D animation

11. Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

  • Business sales executives

12. Sports and fitness

  • High-performance coaches

Both scarce and critical skills in South Africa are equally demanding for highly experienced people. It is, therefore, important to consider our list of scarce skills in South Africa when choosing your career to make sure that you increase your career prospects in our competitive and highly dynamic labour market.

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DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help. It, therefore, should not be relied on when making decisions. Any decision made with regard to the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility.

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