How To Get A Government Job



A recent change by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) promises to make it easier for individuals to apply for government jobs. This has come as a welcomed relief for many job seekers who will now be able to apply for government jobs with ease.




The South African government currently employs around 13% of the country’s workforce. This equates to approximately 1.2 million people employed across various government departments throughout the country.

Due to the sheer number of people employed by the government, there are bound to be vacancies as workers retire, leave their jobs or pass away. Applying for these vacancies is simpler than you may think.

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) announced that job seekers will no longer have to submit certified copies of their documents when applying for government jobs.

To apply for a government job, you will be required to complete and submit a Z83 form. Government vacancies are advertised on their respective national government department websites and on the Public Service Vacancy Circular. Job vacancies are also advised in the Vuk'uzenzele newspaper.

These resources provide you with all the requirements needed to qualify for a position. It's important that you find a job suitable to your skills, qualifications and experience.

Job seekers can also register to apply for a job at the following government departments and institutions:

  • Department of Employment and Labour
  • Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Office of the Public Service Commission
  • Department of Public Service Administration
  • National School of Government
  • Centre for Public Service Innovation

Once you’ve applied for a government job, you may be invited for an interview. Oftentimes your chances of getting a job hinges on how you answer interview questions so remember to prepare as it is key to a successful interview.  





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