A list of 370 high-demand jobs in South Africa has been published by The Department of Higher Education and Training.
The list features 370 jobs that have had strong employment growth or are experiencing shortfalls in the labour market or jobs that are likely to be in demand in the future. The list is reviewed every two years.
There is an increasing international need for education and training to be better coordinated with society and education’s needs according to the department.
The list highlights the high demand occupations at a national level to help universities and post-matric training programmes with the vast developmental objectives of South Africa.
It is also targeted at public and private employers who are encouraged to the list in the creation of their own development and training programmes.
High demand occupations
According to the department, occupations were in high demand if:
1. They show that there has been strong employment or wage growth in the past five years.
2. They could possibly show relatively strong employment growth in the future.
3. It has been recognised that there is a shortage in the labour market.
4. Are new and are expected to come out in the future because of innovation, technological progress, the developments of new industries or the introduction of government strategic priorities.
The list of high-demand occupations were further broken down into three levels of demand including highest demand, higher demand and high demand. This pointed out the job shortages that need to urgently be focused on.
Below is a table showing some of the occupations that fall under the three levels of demand:
|Sales Executive||Social Worker||Botanist|
|Project Builder||Dental Hygienist||Registered Nurse|
Attractive employers in South Africa
Branding organisation Universum has released research that shows the most attractive employers in the country. According to the research, government and parastatals are some of the top choices as employers for university students and young professionals.
In the sectors of healthcare or health sciences the Department of Health and Discovery were ranked as some of the best employers. In the engineering and technology sector Google and Eskom were some of the best employers.