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Scarce skills lists tell you where job opportunities are. If you see a job that you like and it’s a scarce skill – find training for it. SETAs usually provide funds to businesses and training organisations to develop these skills.

Scarce Skills are Training Opportunities for Business and Learners

This is a list of scarce skills in the CATHS SETA industries. These are skills that are in high demand on the job market.

For the unemployed, it means they can strengthen their job opportunities by becoming qualified in the skill areas listed below. If you’re a training provider, these are the fields most likely to receive CATHS SETA funding and can be used to indicate the degree of difficulty

If you’re a training provider, these are the fields most likely to receive SSETA funding and can be used to indicate the degree of difficulty in finding work placement opportunities. Those organisations requiring scarce skills may be more willing to engage in training development interventions.

Top 10 scarce skills (2015)

Occupation Specialisation / Alternative Title NQF Level
Hotel or Motel Manager


Backpackers Manager; Boarding House Manager; Duty Manager (Hotel); Hostel Manager; Hotelier; Innkeeper; Lodge Manager; Resort Manager 6
Café (Licensed) or Restaurant Manager Bistro Manager; Cafeteria Manager; Canteen Manager; Caterer; Catering Manager; Food and Beverage Manager; Food Services Manager; Internet Cafe Manager 6
Sports Centre / Facility Manager


Aquatic Centre Manager; Golf Course Manager; Gymnasium Manager; Indoor Sports Centre Manager (Squash, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling etc); Leisure Centre Manager; Riding School Manager; Sport Stadium Manager 5
Small Business Manager


Entrepreneurial Business Manager; Owner Manager 4-5
Park Ranger


Beach and Estuary Warden; Fish Warden; Game / Park Warden; Wildlife Conservationist; Wildlife Officer / Warden 2-5
Conservation Scientist


Animal Ecologist; Conservancy Advisory Scientist; Conservation Officer; Ecological Researcher; Ecologist; Fish and Games Officer; Fisheries Advisor; Forestry Conservationist; Soil Conservationist; Species Protection Officer; Water Conservation Scientist 8
Sound Technician


Audio Operator; Audio Technician; Dubbing Machine Operator; Dubbing Projectionist (Sound Mixing); Re- recording Mixer; Sound Editor / Mixer / Recordist / Operator / Specialist; Sound Effects Person; Video and Sound Recorder 4-5
Chef Chef De Partie; Commis Chef; Demi Chef; Executive Chef; Head Chef; Pastry Chef; Saucier; Second Chef; Sous Chef 4
Sports Official


Dog or Horse Racing Official; Handicapper (Racing); Racecourse Official; Racecourse Starter; Racecourse Steward; Racecourse Timekeeper; Stipendiary Steward; Timekeeper 4
Cook n/a 2-3


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