New Critical Skills list – not just yet!
We have previously reported here about an updated critical skills list that was to be implemented on 1 April and of which we have seen the 2018 draft.
To date, the existing list is still in force and effect – although some officials have started applying certain aspects of the draft list, which is of course irregular. According to public statements by a senior official, the new list will be published for public comment during April, and input from business and the wider public will be sought before finalizing it. One hopes that feedback received will, in fact, be heard. For instance, the removal of the category of “Corporate General Manager” has been met with substantial resistance, which is not surprising seeing that this occupation is amongst the ones in “highest” demand, according to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s 2018 National List of Occupations in High Demand.
We currently do not expect any changes to the list before June or later this year. Keep checking this newsbox for updates on opportunities to comment on the list.