List of Occupations in High Demand Drawn Up

Department of Higher Education and Training

The National List of Occupations in High Demand for 2018 has been drawn up.

The higher education and training department published the list in Government Gazette 41728.

Occupations in high demand refers to occupations that have undergone relatively robust employment growth and/or are experiencing shortages in the labour market or which are expected to be in demand in the future.

The list provides insights into the skills needs of the economy and society.

It also assists to improve the responsiveness of the post-school education and training system to the needs of the economy and to the developmental objectives of the country.

The list is divided into three levels of demand namely highest, higher and high demand.

Some of the occupations in the highest category include chief financial officer, management accountant, sales manager, construction project manager, ICT project manager and industrial engineer.

Occupations falling within the higher demand include architect, general medical practitioner, university lecturer, software developer, dental assistant and welder.

In high demand are, inter alia, recruitment managers, health and safety managers, marine biologists, web designer and fire fighters.

Meanwhile, the basic education department has, in gazette 41722, extended the deadline for the submission of comment on the Draft National Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools.

The draft policy is designed to “reduce the incidence of learner pregnancy through the provision of quality comprehensive sexuality education and access to adolescent and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.”

It also aims to provide a supportive environment to allow pregnant learners to continue with their education.

Comment is invited until 31 July 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office