Scarce and Critical Skills List

This was taken from the Sunday Times of 30th March 2008

South Africa needs 913 000 people with scarce and critical skills to fill available positions according to the Department of Labour. Nearly half of them – 102 670 crop farmers, 150 000 mixed crop and livestock farmers and 220 000 crop and livestock farm workers – are needed to secure the nation’s food supply.

The remaining demand covers the gamut of employment opportunities in any functioning economy and includes:

  • School Principals 350
  • Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers – 180
  • Journalists and Editors – 30
  • Financial Investment Managers – 1200
  • Architects and Landscape Architects 550
  • Engineers, all categories – 10 365
  • School Teachers – 41 120
  • Pharmacists – 10 200
  • Motor Mechanics – 2865
  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons – 1700
  • Handymen – 19 000