Friday 12th August 2022

The 101 jobs so critical in South Africa that foreigners should be allowed to do them

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  • South Africa has a brand new critical skills list, which identifies fields in which immigrants will be prioritised.
  • The list is intended to make it easier for air traffic controllers, call centre operators (who speak Mandarin) and data scientists to move to South Africa.
  • The list contains 101 job descriptions.
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South Africa recently gazetted its critical skills list for purposes of immigration, identifying a total of 101 jobs that should – in theory – give qualified foreigners a fast-track to a working visa or permanent residence in SA.

The department of home affairs has been closing immigration loopholes amid anti-foreigner rhetoric and threats against businesses that employ foreigners.

Those with critical skills must still show “a solid offer of employment” in applying for a work visa. 

See also from Fin24 | C-suite execs make the cut on latest critical skills list

The critical skills list was last updated in 2014, and a new draft list was published in February 2021.

That draft has changed substantially, with plans to add chefs to the critical list scrapped, though university lecturers did make the cut. 

Jobs on the list are supposed to be critical to national objectives, without the prospect that enough people can be trained locally fast enough to meet the demand. 

These are the 101 jobs that South Africa will accept applications for critical skills visas or permanent residence permits. 

Director (Enterprise /Organisation)(medium enterprises or larger)

Determines, formulates, and reviews the general policy program and the overall direction of an organisation, within the framework established by a board of directors or a similar governing body.

Policy and Planning Manager

Plans, develops, organises, directs, controls and coordinates policy advice and strategic planning within organisations.

Corporate General Manager (medium enterprises or larger)

Plans, organises, directs, controls and reviews the day-to-day operations and major functions of a commercial, industrial or other organisation (excluding government or local government) through departmental managers and subordinate executives.

Programme or Project Manager

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates special programmes or projects.

Quality Systems Manager

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the deployment of quality systems and certification processes within an organisation.

Customer Service Manager (Business Process Outsourcing sector)

Plans, administers and reviews customer services and after-sales services and maintains sound customer relations.

Research and Development Manager

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinate research and development activities within organisations.

Manufacturing Operations Manager

Plans, organises, directs and controls the manufacturing activities of an organisation including physical and human resources. Measures performance, quality and implements continuous improvement strategies.

Engineering Manager

Plans, organises, directs, and controls the manufacturing activities of an organisation including physical and human resources. Measures performance, quality and implements continuous improvement strategies.

Supply and Distribution Manager

Plans, administers and reviews the supply, storage and distribution of equipment, materials and goods used and produced by an organisation, enterprise or business.

Chief Information Officer

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the ICT strategies, plans and operations of an organisation to ensure the ICT infrastructure supports the organisation’s overall operations and priorities.

Data Management Manager

Plans, coordinates, and supervises all activities related to the design, development, and implementation of organizational data base [sic] systems.

Environmental Manager

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the development and implementation of an environmental management system within an organisation by identifying, solving and alleviating environmental issues such as pollution and waste treatment in compliance with environmental legislation and ensures corporate sustainable development. 

Call or Contact Centre Manager

Manages the performance of call centre workers, processes and technology against financial and non-financial operational targets.

Physicist

Studies matter, space, time, energy, forces and fields and the interrelationship between these physical phenomena to further understanding of the laws governing the behaviour of the universe, and seeks to apply these laws to solve practical problems and discover new information about the earth and the universe.

Climate Change Scientist

Evaluate scientific data [and] carries out research on the climate to create predictive models of likely changes in the earth’s climate, and concomitant impacts on natural ecosystems and civilisation.

Chemist

Studies the chemical and physical properties of substances, and develops and monitors chemical processes and production.

Geologist

Studies the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth to increase scientific knowledge and to develop practical applications in fields such as mineral exploration, civil engineering, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Geophysicist 

Studies the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locates minerals, petroleum or ground water, and detects, monitors and forecasts seismic, magnetic, thermal and oceanographic activity.

Materials Scientist

Studies the properties and uses of non-metallic materials and advises on the technical aspects of their manufacture and processing.

Mineralogist

Studies the chemistry, crystal structure, and physical (including optical) properties of minerals.

Hydrologist

Research the distribution, circulation and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

Oceanographer

Studies the physical, chemical and biological properties of the ocean water masses.

Actuary

Analyses mathematical, statistical, demographic, financial or economic data to predict and assess the long-term risk involved in financial decisions and planning.

General Biologist

Studies the origin, anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of living organisms and the ways in which they interact with the environment in which they live.

Biotechnologist

Studies the anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and develops new materials for applying to a range of purposes.

Microbiologist

Studies microscopic forms of life such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

Zoologist

Studies the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals.

Agricultural Scientist

Studies commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries.

Food and Beverage Scientist

Studies the physical and chemical properties of food and beverages and develops new and improved food and beverage products, and sets standards for producing, packaging and marketing food and beverages.

Conservation Scientist

Develops and implements programs and regulations for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources.

Environmental Scientist

Studies and develops policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance or degradation of the environment.

Industrial Engineer

Investigates and reviews the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments.

Industrial Engineering Technologist

Analyses and modifies new and existing industrial engineering technologies and applies them in the testing and implementation of industrial engineering projects.

Civil Engineer

Plans, designs, organises and oversees the construction and operation of civil engineering projects such as structural, transportation or hydraulic engineering systems.

Civil Engineering Technologist

Analyses and modifies new and existing engineering technologies and applies them in the testing and implementation of civil, mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering projects.

Mechanical Engineer

Plans, designs, organises…

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