What Are The Top Skills Needed In South Africa?

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Unemployment has always been a major challenge faced in South Africa and many have suggested that the reason behind the country’s constant high unemployment figures is the lack of skills needed to do jobs that are in high demand.


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These kinds of skills are usually referred to as “Scarce Skills”. This usually means that there is a shortage of people in the country who have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform a particular job.

Therefore, many unemployment people have been encouraged to do courses or qualifications that will upskill them as it will give them a greater chance at finding employment.

According to contracting company, Outsized, the following skills and jobs have seen a broad increase in demand in the banking and finance sector:

  • Actuarial skills – Specialized math knowledge and problem solving
  • Project support – For example, project and programme managers, scrum masters and agile specialists.
  • Regulatory skills – For both implementation and regulatory development.
  • Data – Data analysts and data architects in particular.
  • Financial risk specialists – Covering credit, market, and operational risk

Whilst other reports and data suggest that the following occupations are high in demand in South Africa as well:

  • Digital economy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure development
  • Tourism and agriculture
  • Web developer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Computer network 
  • Technician
  • Systems and network administration
  • Microbiologist
  • FET phase schoolteachers (Grades 10-12)
  • Senior phase schoolteachers (Grades 8-9)
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Physicist
  • Electrical engineer
  • Concentrated solar power process controller
  • Mechatronic technician
  • Agricultural scientist

For prospective university or college students, it is always advisable to take a look at what the top scarce skills in the country are before deciding on what to study when furthering your education.

One of the main benefits of going into a field that is in high demand is that you you're likely to be guaranteed a job once you graduate. 

 


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