When looking for jobs South Africa offers great opportunities for highly skilled work seekers. However, it is imperative to have some expertise in your specialist field or to have work experience which can not be found on the local job market. South Africa attracts people from all over the world who come to work in the country, but getting a work permit is mandatory when you are not South African citizen or permanent resident in this country.
There are no job seekers visas and it is illegal to come into the country with the purpose of looking for a job. People with sought-after professional skills, such as engineers or IT specialists, are encouraged to work in South Africa and help create jobs and improve the skills and education levels of the local population.
Given the high unemployment rate in the country, a work permit is, in general, only granted to a foreigner who possesses critical skills, such as foreign language skills, or suitable qualifications that are in limited supply on the local labour market.
With the implementation of the new immigration regulations, as of 26 May 2014, the previous quota work and exceptional skills permit categories have been removed and a new critical skills work visa category has been introduced. Here are the most common forms of work visa available in South Africa.
The Department of Home Affairs has published a new listing of critical skills on 3 June 2014. The following skills and qualifications are considered critical regarding any applications for a critical skills visa or permanent residency permit. Amongst these critical skills are:
For further information on critical skills, click here.
IT jobs in South Africa are commonly based in the county's major business hubs Johannesburg and Cape Town. Many local and international high-tech companies as well as the IT industry are located in Cape Town. Among the professions considered critical skills are:
As often referred to, there is a large skills gap of local expertise in the engineering sector. The following engineering jobs in South Africa, are considered critical skills in South Africa. Among others are the following:
If you possess any of the above mentioned skills, are registered with a professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA, you might quite easily find work in South Africa. However, note that you also need to have the appropriate post qualification experience. For getting a jobs South Africa requires work seeker to have the following qualifications and skills which are considered critical. Please click here to read more.
There are several job search engines covering the job market in South Africa. Among the biggest job search engines in South Africa are:
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Disclaimer: This summary is for information purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an immigration lawyer to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem regarding your immigration to South Africa.
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