Engineers are in short supply in South Africa according to government’s national scarce skills list.The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, MP, has gazetted the National Scarce Skills List: Top 100 Occupations in Demand and called for comments from all interested parties. Electrical engineers are listed first on the list, followed by civil engineers and mechanical engineers. The country’s Human Resource Development Strategy for 2010 to 2030 emphasises the need for a national scarce skills list which is aligned to the country’s social and economic priority goals. Information about scarce skills is therefore of vital importance as it informs human resource planning and development; resource allocation and prioritisation; the development of relevant qualifications, programme and curricula; and international recruitment strategies. It also enables institutions of higher learning and other training providers to plan and channel resources towards programme offerings that are in demand. The Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) has identified five priority skills areas for immediate attention:
- high-level, world-class engineering and planning skills for the network industries, namely transport, communications, water and energy
- city, urban and regional planning and engineering skills
- artisanal and technical skills, with priority attention to infrastructure development, housing and energy, and in other areas identified as being in strong demand in the labour market
- management and planning skills in education and health
- mathematics, science and language competence in public schooling.
Physical and Engineering Science Technicians8 Industrial and Production Engineers Electrician 10 Chemical Engineer 11 Construction Project Manager 12 Mining Engineer Accountant (General) 14 Energy Engineer 15 Materials Engineer 16 Electronics Engineer 17 Metallurgical Engineer 18 Medical Superintendent / Public Health Manager Telecommunications Engineers 20 Energy Engineering Technologist
Millwright The National Scarce Skills List was compiled following a number of processes. Firstly, there was agreement on the terms of reference for the compilation of the list. An Advisory Committee was constituted to provide input to the research, and research was conducted and employer association representatives were engaged. Draft findings were presented to the Advisory Committee and the review and revision of findings followed. View the full list.