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How and Where to find Caregiver jobs in South Africa: A COMPLETE GUIDE

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Looking for Caregiver jobs in South Africa but don’t know where to even start? Well, worry no more because this article will leave you informed!

People who are interested in Caregiver jobs in South Africa tend to look in Cape Town, Sandton, and Centurion etc., but are these places all there is? What are the salary levels for Caregiver jobs in South Africa? We answer all these and more questions below.

Is there a demand for caregivers in South Africa?

The demand for home-based caregiving and nursing in South Africa is growing at a rapid rate. What is driving this phenomenon? Simply stated, the fact that people are able to be at home during times of illness or post hospitalisation aids in recovery or palliative care.

This is according to the article The Growing Demand For Home-Based Care by the organisation Caregivers West Rand.  “Home is where the heart is” is not a well-worn idiom; it is the key to why home-based care is often the best option, says the organisation.

What qualifications do I need to be a caregiver in South Africa?

According to caregiver trainer institution HospiceWits, one needs the folowing minimum qualifications to be able to work as a Caregiver in South Africa:

QCTO Accredited NQF L2 Assisted Home Based Personal Carer Qualification (70 credits) SAQA ID 104779

  • 6 Months Full-Time Training; Practical’s and Work Skills Placement Training.
  • Entry requirements for this level:
  • Grade 9 or ABET learner qualification in NQF L1.
  • Cost: R19 000,00.

In case you want to enrol, the next HospiceWits intake for such training is in September 2023.

How much do care givers earn in SA?

An article Caregiver salary in South Africa published not long ago by recruitment platform Indeed notes that an average Caregiver in South Africa nets R 7 111 per month.

However, another survey by Indeed (Caregiver salary in Johannesburg, Gauteng – Indeed) found that salaries tend to be higher in the commercial capital Johannesburg, where the salary average is R 9 761 per month.

Where to train for a caregiver course cost in South Africa?

Good caregivers get trained frequently so they remain updated with trends in the industry and the ever-changing laws governing the sector, among other reasons.

If you need some training, we found that Caregiver Course – Survival CPR costs around R7,000 per person. If you enroll with them, you will receive a Survival Caregiver manual per module containing all the course information.

However, there are also cheaper institutes which train you for the average cost price of about R2500 to R3300. The average duration of the course is 2-15 days, although some may drag for up to a month.

You may also want to check other institutes offering the same or related courses here: Top 10 Caregiver Courses in South Africa | This lists other schools/institutes as follows:

Institute NameCityCourse Name
The School of KhanyaRoodepoortCaregiving
Victory Education GroupPretoriaCaregiver
St JohnBloemfonteinHome based Care
Hospice WitsJohannesburgCaregiver

However, as a caregiver, it is crucial to remember that you are working with and caring for humans, hence the greatest course you can ever acquire is empathy, patience, kindness and respect.

Also important is an understanding of different clients’ needs, communication skills necessary to interact with a variety of clients and their families, and the ability to effectively manage the demands of the job.

Where to find Caregiver jobs in South Africa?

Most jobseekers turn to Indeed and other job boards for search, but these may still miss the wide database of recruiting caregiver agancies available.

We however strongly recommend that you read: List Of Companies In South Africa Recruiting Caregivers In Various Locations where there are tons of fresh vacancies for caregivers in South Africa.


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