Skilled immigration to South Africa: The 3 most sought-after industries


skilled immigration south africaWith the immigration legislation update in 2014, the South African Department of Home Affairs identified a long list of critical skills in South Africa. This opened the door for skilled immigration to South Africa for anyone with an occupation on the critical skills list.

Why is it important that you know this?

Many people who enquire about working in South Africa are not aware that their occupation appears on the critical skills list. This also means being unaware of the fact that it could be possible to apply for a critical skills visa.

The critical skills visa, although subject to lengthy registration processes for the applicant, asks less of the employer.

In essence, the employer can handle your application for a position the same as they would a South African. For instance, there is no need to prove that it was impossible to find a suitable South African for the job.

You can now understand why having an occupation on the critical skills list – and knowing this going into the application process – is to your advantage.

Now on to the 3 most sought-after industries for skilled immigration to South Africa

The three industries we’re going to share with you are industries you’ll see mentioned in news articles all the time. It is also the industries foreigners ask us about most when they enquire about working in South Africa.

The industries are:

  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Health Professionals
  • Engineering

The specific occupations are shared below. If you spot your occupation and would like to assess your eligibility for skilled immigration to South Africa on a critical skills visa, you can do one of two things:

  1. Book a free eligibility assessment with one of our immigration consultants; OR
  2. Call us to discuss your options on either +27 (0) 21 424 2460 (Cape Town) or +27 (0) 11 234 4273 (Johannesburg).

Herewith each industry with its included occupations:

Information and Communications Technology

  • CISCO Solution Specialist
  • CISCO Engineers
  • Solutions Architects in Telecommunications and ICT
  • Integrated Developers (PHP, Perl and Java)
  • Network Analyst
  • IT Security Specialist
  • System Integration Specialist
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Data Centre Operations
  • Network Specialist (Security)
  • Database Specialist
  • Microsoft Systems Engineer
  • Network Controllers
  • Anti-Virus Specialists
  • Desktop Support Engineer

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Medical Superintendent / Public Health Manager
  • Public Health Physician
  • General and Specialiast Medical Practitioner
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Veterinarian
  • Registered Nurse (child and family health)
  • Retail Pharmacist


  • Energy Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Installation Inspector
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Industrial and Production Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Production/Operations Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Energy Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Mettalurgical Engineering Technologist
  • Mining Engineering Technologist
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Automotive Motor Mechanic
  • Boiler Maker
  • Chemical Engineering Technologist
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electronics Engineering Technologist
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Materials Engineering Technologist
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Physical and Engineering Science Technicians
  • Pressure Welder
  • Structural Plaster
  • Toolmaker