4 April 2022 by

South Africa's anticipated policy and legislative reform on the employment of foreign nationals

On 28 February 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour published a Draft National Migration Policy and Employment Services Amendment Bill for public comment.

This podcast focuses on the Bill which seeks to regulate and facilitate the employment of foreign nationals. Once enacted, the Minister will be able to introduce quotas for the employment of foreign nationals either across sectors, occupational categories, nationally, or within one or more regions in a sector. Employers of foreign nationals will be required to ascertain that they are entitled to work in South Africa, and to perform the work for which they are employed, satisfy themselves that no other person in South Africa (other than foreign nationals) has requisite skills to fill the vacancy – before recruiting the foreign national, and to prepare a skills transfer plan. Finally, digital labour platforms will be recognised as employers.

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