Working in South Africa

With an economy considerably larger than any other Southern African country, South Africa is often seen as the powerhouse of Southern African trade. Mining, automobile manufacture and construction are major industries, with half the country’s exports coming from natural resource production.

Working in South Africa

South Africa has the largest economy and one of the most developed social structures in Africa. As a result, this is the most common destination for talent searching for roles in Africa. The economy is very well rounded, with a large manufacturing, services and industrial sectors. Taxation is very similar to regional averages, and social security contributions are required by all, but usually inaccessible to non-residents. Healthcare and education provision are very good, but you may still want to consider private options to ensure access to the very best. The social environment of South Africa is second to none, with vibrant cultural hotspots, sport and entertainment. Crime is significant in South Africa, so following the advice of your employer will be essential. You should obtain a job offer before relocating to South Africa.

South Africa - Need To Know




South African Rand (ZAR)

Dialling Code


Official Languages

Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Capital City Airport

Lanseria International Airport


South Africa (UTC +02:00)

How Do I Work In South Africa?

Work Authorisation and VISA requirements
You will need a VISA to work in South Africa. It is recommended to obtain employment there before applying, as your new employer can often sponsor your application. You can find out more information by visiting your local embassy website. More information is available using the button below.
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