Work in South Africa


Looking forward to work in South Africa? In this article, we are providing you with an overview of the national labor market and some tips to help you land a job.

Over the years, the “Rainbow Country” has been attracting foreign professionals in large numbers. Indeed, thanks to its developed and diversified economy and its rather open labor market, despite its high unemployment rate, South Africa provides opportunities in various fields. So if you have skills that are required locally, why not try your luck? Of course, you are advised to inquire about relating conditions and procedures well in advance.

Work permit

Only foreign nationals having exceptional skills that are required in South Africa or practicing a rare profession are entitled to the work permit. If you do not belong to this category, you will have to apply for a general work permit. In all cases, application for the work has to be made once you have obtained a job offer.

Note that the work permit allows you to work only for the employer or company indicated on the document. It generally has a three years validity period and can be renewed following approval of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Once you have completed 5 years of employment in the country, you may also apply for a permanent work permit.

Working conditions

The legal working week in South Africa consist of 45 hours, that is 8 to 9 hours a day depending on the number of working days.

You are allowed to perform a maximum of 10 odd hours per week, that is a maximum of 3 hours a day. Overtime is paid at a rate of 150%.

Once you have completed a year of employment within the company, you will be entitled to 21 consecutive paid leaves per year. However, these are not cumulative for the following year.

Career prospects

The South African economy is mainly driven by the primary and tertiary sectors, involving mainly the exploitation of natural resources, agriculture, telecommunications, energy, trade and services. As regards career prospects for highly qualified and skills foreign professionals, these are mainly available in the fields of higher education and sciences. Many opportunities are also available in the tertiary sector. So feel free to try your luck in any of these fields, keeping in mind that a South African national having the same skills as you has more chances of being hired.

Find a job

Like elsewhere, there are various ways of finding a job in South Africa. You will undoubtedly start your search on the Internet where offers are available on many general and specialized job websites, professional social networks and other platforms. You can also browse classified ads in online local newspapers such as South Africa The Good News, News24, The Citizen, Sunday Times and The Star. As mentioned above, you must have received a job offer before applying for a work permit.

Word of mouth may also help in some small communities, but this will not necessarily be the case anywhere in the country given the reserved nature of South African nationals. You may also seek the help of your home country's representatives in South Africa.

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