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Draft National List of Occupations in High Demand Drawn Up

August 19, 2020

Department of Higher Education and Training

The Draft National List of Occupations in High Demand has been published for comment.

The higher education and training department published the proposed list in Government Gazette 43621 in terms of the Skills Development Act.

According to the department, the list is intended to inform planning for Post-School Education and Training.

The list guides the development of new qualifications for occupations which are shown to be in high demand while also highlighting the need for updates to existing qualifications.

The list also acts as a signpost for enrolment planning and informs career guidance for learners and work –seekers.

The department points out that the methodology for creating the Occupations in High Demand begins with a quantitative analysis of occupation data which then feeds into the qualitative analysis.

The planned 2020 National List of Occupations in High Demand uses the department’s Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) as the basis for the development of the list.

The OFO is a classification system for occupations that classifies occupations into 6 different digit levels.

Stakeholders are invited to propose exclusions or inclusions to the list.

Comment is invited within 21 days of the date of publication.