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macy in Johannesburg, South Africa

34 months ago

Tamara in Windhoek, Namibia said: Hi there, I have enjoyed the chat sessions and they have been very helpful. Somebody kindly help me out, I am currently working in Namibia in the department of Child welfare for a year now but would love to cast my net wide and test the waters in S.A. At the moment am busy with registration with SACSSP and am certain I will be done with everything by November this year. How can I assert myself to get a job as a qualified social worker preferably in Gauteng province? I have heard that social workers are under paid in S.A. but can anyone help to give rough figures like is it between R10,000 - R15,000? and what are the possibilities of getting in to the NGO world? By the way I am a Zambian national with Dip. Edu from the University of Nhrumah and BA SW from the Unviversity of Namibia. I would be very grateful is someone helped me by connecting me to any agent that can make my dream materialise.

Hi Tamara
To be honest social workers are underpaid in SA, Approximately how much is it paying in Namibia? In South Africa from NGO's you can earn between R7000 to R11 000

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Macy Senatle in Pretoria, South Africa

34 months ago

Dear All

I'm a social worker and have been practising from January. Can anyone advice where i can search for employment. I'm currently working for an NGO but most of them have financial problems and the Dept of Social Dev can also not afford to employ because of lack of funds. It is quite challenging because although social worker is regarded as a scarse skill there are no jobs for us and most of my friends from the university do not have jobs. i'm a bit discouraged because I search for jobs almost everyday on the internet and apply whenever i see a position available, however I believe the challenge is that there are few positions and many people looking for jobs. Colleagues please help.

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crystal in Europe

34 months ago

Hello Colleagues!

I'm in need of your assistance. I'm a unemployed social worker. I'm in need of a job and i'm willing to relocate to any provimce in South Africa.

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joe maganga in Johannesburg, South Africa

34 months ago

yah true dat Beinkie especialy this yr social work jobs are scarce in south africa and my advice to Cleopatra is dat if its only about the weather pliz jus stay ther or move to Aus or anwher else coz remuneration in S.A is low as compred to other jobs

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Bienkie in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

34 months ago

Child Protection Social Workers (9285) Darwin, Australia
Salary: AUD60000 - AUD83000 per annum + benefits
We are currently recruiting for numerous Social Workers / Case Workers / Senior Practitioners to work in the Northern Territory, Australia for various teams. This includes the intake team, long term team and Mobile Child Protection team. There are also roles available in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springsand Gove as well as more rural locations. We have positions for 6 month contracts as well as permanent opportunities.

GO TO WWW.SEEK.COM.AU and search for Social Work or Child protection positions.

Sponsorship is also available for successful applicants!

To be eligible for these positions you will need a Degree level qualification in a relevant field along with extensive child protection experience.

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Bienkie in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

34 months ago

Hi everyone

It has been a while since I posted here - I really just want to encourage all your Social Workers in SA. If you really want to work overseas you will have to make a commitment and plan, plan plan! It IS difficult to get work in the UK and Aus but not impossible! I honestly feel for you in SA - since I started working here in the UK I can honestly say I enjoy my job!!! And I get a decent salary as well.

First try and get as much statutory experience as possible - UK would want at least two years and Aus three years. Then get your passport and documents ready in order to get your degree verified or accredited in order to register either in the UK or Aus. And then, try and borrow money or save in order to come for interviews. I really believe any SA Social worker with two to three years stat experience should be able to get a position as SW.

Hang in there - and keep on trying and dreaming!

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getrude in Cape Town, South Africa

34 months ago

For those sstudying social work and would like to see how life is in the professional workd of social work or to have discussions around some topics affecting social workers please read mhy blog MindOfASocialWorker at www.moretogetty.blog.com

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getrude in Cape Town, South Africa

34 months ago

For those studying social work and would like to see how life is in the professional world of social work or to have discussions around some topics affecting social workers please read my blog MindOfASocialWorker at www.moretogetty.blog.com

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gugu in Durban, South Africa

32 months ago

Dube in London, United Kingdom said: Sisi believe me or not I have been a Social worker for 112 years in England ,I get paid very ,very well but what and happly married .Its not about the money money money in social work ,its about passion and its more of a calling to be a Social Worker.After all in the UK ,money comes with expieriance ,record of achievement etc not simple because you"ve got a Hons/Masters.Most of the times your Foregin experience is even invalid in the UK .The fact that their are so many carear Risks in practising social work in Endlang is true .I not trying to scare anyone of taking opportunities or what so ever but all I am saying is if you come in with money on your mind then you will fall very vey quickly with missery .I just been interviewing new students as I am an experienced Social work in one of the Yorkshire Universities for sept 2011.The guidelines to us on the panel to even follow for new entrants are very very strict. While being optimistic is good I am only trying to shade reality on facts on the ground.

wow this is good to hear and encouraging. am still a studnt through unisa doing my second year. they say i can get a job even at 2nd year after i haver registered with sacc.. (council)is that true

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gugu Makhubu in Pretoria, South Africa

32 months ago

Hi

after being registered with SA Council can you get a job as maybe social work assistante or something. am doing my second and third year with UNisa

Assist

Gugu

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Enita in Pretoria, South Africa

32 months ago

Yes, as long as you are registered as an auxiliary worker, which you can do in your second year, you can work as an auxiliary worker. This is basically an assistant of some sort. As an auxiliary you can get a (small) salary, but have somewhat limited abilities to what you are allowed to do. Register as soon as possible as a student social worker if you are planning on becoming a social worker, because then you are allowed to do more things, like court reports.

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TB in Johannesburg, South Africa

31 months ago

Hi there,am considering a change in career to Social Work and am in the process of registering with Unisa.Don't know if anyone can help me here,I wanted to know how long the workshops that u attend as part of the practicals are?When during the year do they take place
?What else is involved in the practical component of BA SW at Unisa(ecspecially in 1st yr)?Are jobs in SW flexible(as in can you work fewer than 5 days a week if you want to)?I am currently employed and work 5 dys a week and am trying to establish if I would need to take leave now and again in order to complete the pratical component.Am considering to take the theory and practicals 2/3 yrs from now to complete 1st yr...Jst out of interest,does Social Work and Corporate Social Investment share something in common(as in do ppl involved in CSI need SW qualification))?

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getrude in Cape Town, South Africa

30 months ago

Please check out my blog called MindOfASocialWorker www.moretogetty.blog.com if yiu are interested in scoial work with children, residential social work in South Africa. Leave me a comment it will be appreciated

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Maditsane in Maseru, Lesotho

27 months ago

Rebecca in Stellenbosch, South Africa said: you need to apply both for NGOs or gov.So how's Lesotho, I would love to work there in coming years or complete my masters there?
Good luck

hi
i studied social work in lesotho and graduated 3yrs ago,to ur surprise most of us are still unemployed. I tried registering with counci of sa but it takes foreva. Can any1 help me with the route to get abroad

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cdilayi@webmail.co.za in Roodepoort, South Africa

26 months ago

Hello!

Im newly qualified social worker from Johannesburg West in Roodepoort. I am Registered by SACSSP. I'm currently working in the Drug and Rehabilitation centre. I am working for 15 hours a day. I'm looking for another job so as to get another experience anywhere. I'm willing to relocate at anytime soon. email me: cdilayi@webmail.co.za or calvingman@webmail.co.za

Thank you!

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Enita in Pretoria, South Africa

23 months ago

Hi everyone!

If you are a qualified, registered social worker who can speak Afrikaans well, and is looking for a job, please send me an email at enita@cmrbenoni.co.za. We are looking for someone to start asap at our office in Benoni. Please spread the word?

Thanks,
Enita

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gugu Makhubu in Pretoria, South Africa

22 months ago

Bienkie in Parow, South Africa said: Erica

I saw this weekend in Die Burger positions advertised with Badisa in I think Tygerberg and two other places. Also in Moorreesburg there was a post available. I suggest that you go onto Media 24's website and look at the career section. Otherwise post your e-mail address and I can try and forward the details to you.

Bienkie


Hi- plz add me too if you hear anything. I reside in Pretoria and it has been so hard finding a job here(Gauteng)
Thanks
gugupm@hotmail.com

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Mfundo T in South Africa

20 months ago

Hi I would like to know that,is there any way I can work as a social worker even though I am still doing my first year at unisa as a socailwork student, if yes how can I do to make that happen because I am currently doing nothing. I would if I can get the respond straight to my email address. Mfundomayeza1@gmail.com. please help me

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Buhle M in Johannesburg, South Africa

20 months ago

Good day all

Hope yall are keeping well.

@Mfundo your email address seems to be incorrect as emails sent to you don't get delivered.

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buhle in South Africa

18 months ago

Hi I just registered with the council I'm looking for a job around Pretoria or Soshanguve hopefully a place that works with children !

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marthad19@ovi.com in Johannesburg, South Africa

17 months ago

im a qaulified social auxiliary worker staying in johanesburg and im struggling to get a job as a social auxiliary worker and im now considering rellocating to another province and start over if thefe is anyone who can help me,im soo frustreted and can move from johannesburg to anywhere anytime.please help me

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martha dube in Johannesburg, South Africa

17 months ago

hi,im a qualified and registered social auxiliary worker staying in johannesburg im also a student at unisa doing my first year in social work im struggling to get a job as a auxiliary social worker so that i can fund my education ,im now willing to relocate to anywhere ,if there is anyone who can help me please email me ,my email adress is marthad19@ovi.com ,or dubemartha01@gmail.com please help me.your responce and help will be much appreciated.

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The Sha in Pretoria, South Africa

17 months ago

Hi all, m looking for an agency that can assist me to work in UK,London
Currently m based in south Africa

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Bienkie in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

17 months ago

Hi The Sha in Pretoria

Before any agency would consider you, you need to register with the HCPC as a Social Worker as without this registration you are not able to work in the UK. Also, you need to consider whether you would be able to qualify for a sponsorship (old work permit system) by looking at the Tier 2 Immigration Category at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

There are a lot of requirements in order to get this visa: An employer may be willing to sponsor you but basically all they do is provide you with a sponsorship number which you then use to apply for a TIER 2 visa. Some of the requirements would be: depending on your situation enough money not to be dependent on government resources; a recognised English test and of course being registered with the relevant authority as a SW.
www.hcpc-uk.org/apply/international/

I want to encourage you to plan ahead - I think for most South African Social Workers it is a tough but worthwhile route to take to come to the UK to do Social Work. You would also need unabridged birth and/or marriage certificates to apply for your visa. And of course a valid passport. Until you have all of these in place I don't think any agency would consider you. And to be honest some newly qualified Social Workers struggle to get work here in the UK. Not to say it would be impossible to get a job, but you are going to be in competition with other SW's. You need to get yourself informed about SW in the UK and the legislation. A good place to start is: www.communitycare.co.uk they have relevant articles and also a job page which may give you some inspiration/motivation to keep at your dream!

If you have any specific questions please don't hesitate to ask. I can remember how I wanted to come to the UK and it does seem like an impossible dream..

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Bienkie in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

17 months ago

Hi Gladys

Before any agency would consider you, you need to register with the HCPC as a Social Worker as without this registration you are not able to work in the UK. Also, you need to consider whether you would be able to qualify for a sponsorship (old work permit system) by looking at the Tier 2 Immigration Category at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

There are a lot of requirements in order to get this visa: An employer may be willing to sponsor you but basically all they do is provide you with a sponsorship number which you then use to apply for a TIER 2 visa. Some of the requirements would be: depending on your situation enough money not to be dependent on government resources; a recognised English test and of course being registered with the relevant authority as a SW.
www.hcpc-uk.org/apply/international/

I want to encourage you to plan ahead - I think for most South African Social Workers it is a tough but worthwhile route to take to come to the UK to do Social Work. You would also need unabridged birth and/or marriage certificates to apply for your visa. And of course a valid passport. Until you have all of these in place I don't think any agency would consider you. And to be honest some newly qualified Social Workers struggle to get work here in the UK. Not to say it would be impossible to get a job, but you are going to be in competition with other SW's. You need to get yourself informed about SW in the UK and the legislation. A good place to start is: www.communitycare.co.uk they have relevant articles and also a job page which may give you some inspiration/motivation to keep at your dream!

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Voocy in Johannesburg, South Africa

17 months ago

Hi there,the first thing you need to do is, go to the University offering Social Work and register with it. There are a lot of them but since you are in Jo'burg i suggest UJ, or Wits but you can also go to UP, UNISA just to name the few.

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gugu Makhubu in Pretoria, South Africa

17 months ago

Good day all

Thank you so much for all your help, your comments are really helping us who are stil trying to pave the way. i am SW student throuh unisa Pretoria ( Gauntent), i must say it has been so difficult even to find organisations at least to work at and get maybe a staypend ( basic and transport money. most of the time when i do my search for auxillary work ( SInce am not yet done with sw) good jobs are in Capetown - mostly the western cape being married and my husband schedules i cant relocate outside South Africa. any idea where maybe i can start looking, maybe a not looking to the right directions.

Thank you again

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mohau in Gauteng in Ashburn, Virginia

15 months ago

hi, please tell me about the social work auxiliary learnership from the dpt of social development.

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pale in South Africa

15 months ago

hi i love social work,but never studied it because i passed my metric with diploma not bachelors and i haven't had a chance to upgrade so now m thinking of doing auxiliary social work,where do i start,how do i apply?where do i apply

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K Moseli in Europe

14 months ago

Greetings to all I'm a Male about to start BSW at UNISA in july I have a scolarship, so I need to know people doing BSW at unisa just to guide me as I will be a newcomer..Anyone interested to help
E-mail me please.

Khothalangmoseli@gmail.com

Khothalang Moseli (Johannesburg)

Thank you.

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gail in Pretoria, South Africa

13 months ago

hi there! I have a Social Work degree with the university of Limpopo, and currently im working as a Social Worker at the Department of Social Development, limpopo. I am also studying BA Health Sciences and Social Services with specialisation in psychology for Professional context with the university of South Africa. I recently did a short course on employee wellness with the University of Pretoria. I have an interest in going to the private sector in south africa or even abroad. I do not want to be negative but in government there is no growth, social workers cant even provide basic counselling. I started working in 2012 but I already feel burnout. all they do is to ask for statistics and foster care, which is not even done properly. so can u advice me on how to get a job in the private sector. Please help! I am drowning. my email is gaildigashu@gmail.com.

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Louraine in Pretoria, South Africa

11 months ago

hey I am currently studying social work at unisa and its my first year, I would like to ask if its possible to get a job while I am still a first year student as I am currently doing nothing. email me @ tladilour@gmail.com. thank you

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gugu Makhubu in Pretoria, South Africa

11 months ago

Hi dear, only after finishing your 2nd year u can get a SW related jobs, but otherwise for now u can just get anyjob using the advantage that u studying in unisa ( partime). M now doing my 3rd year through Unisa. I'm working. But nothing closer or related to SW. Good luch

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Minah Lebeya in Cape Town, South Africa

9 months ago

Hi Guys, I would like to have your advice . i want to quit my job as adomestic worker and go study social auxiliary worker course, but it sems as if it is hard to find a job for it. maybe i am wrong cause i like working with people. my e mail address is minahlebeya@yahoo.com. thanx

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Alice in Johannesburg, South Africa

9 months ago

hi
I want to study auxiliary social work and they say they are going to screen and do the interview is it necessary for that procedure and cane you tell me is any thing that I must study for the screen pleas help me to understand

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Alice in Johannesburg, South Africa

9 months ago

Alice in Johannesburg, South Africa said: hi
I want to study auxiliary social work and they say they are going to screen and do the interview is it necessary for that procedure and cane you tell me is any thing that I must study for the screen pleas help me to understand my email is sekete.ma@gmail.com

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Thembisile in Johannesburg, South Africa

7 months ago

Hi I'm a qualified social auxiliary work,working for the Department of Social Development in Mpumalanga I need a cross transfer to Durban I don't know weather it possible if it is how do I do it.

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Christie McClinton in gauteng, South Africa

6 months ago

Hi everyone

I am looking for some advice on what procedures I need to follow to start my own practice. I want to start it this year but I want to make sure I do it correctly. There used to be training offered to start your own practice but I can't seem to find any now. Any help will be appreciated.

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funie in Johannesburg, South Africa

5 months ago

Hi, I am a first year student at UNISA so I would like to know if its possible that I can get hired as a social work,and if so how? please reply on farisanilufuno@gmail.com

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Hallegd in Cork, Ireland

4 months ago

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bucie in Pretoria, South Africa

4 months ago

Hi my name is Bucie is I want to enrol with Unisa for a Degree in Social Work.ill be doing distance learning, I just want to find out how many workshops and practical does one have to do in a year.im a wife and going to be a new mom soon. Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

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Phumlani in Durban, South Africa

4 months ago

bucie in Pretoria, South Africa said: Hi my name is Bucie is I want to enrol with Unisa for a Degree in Social Work.ill be doing distance learning, I just want to find out how many workshops and practical does one have to do in a year.im a wife and going to be a new mom soon. Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

Hi Busi. Workshops commence at second level of ur studies and continue until 4th year. 4 level is more demanding because you have to do ur practicals. if you need more clarification please go to www.unisa.ac.za/qualifications/index.asp?link=http://www.unisa.ac.za/qualifications/Navigation/Alph_2_99.html

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Sakhile in South Africa

4 months ago

bienkie in Rochester, United Kingdom said: Hi

I would rather try and add to your SW degree than to start again in a new career/profession. Why don't you specialise and do your own thing? It might mean more studies, but in the end might be worth the effort. I know quite a few private SW who is doing well for themselves. I think one should do your research and find out what is needed in the market before just doing anything. Or, why don't you try finding work in the UK, Aus or NZ? Our profession is in demand and our training is excellent in SA. I came to the UK precisely because I could no longer work in SA with the heavy case loads and poor salary. I enjoy my work here in the UK - work as Child protection worker which have its own stresses and you work really hard, but somehow it is more manageable and the salaries are not bad. I am planning to move to Aus as the profession is there in demand as well. If you need more info re Aus and the UK post your e-mail and I will contact you.

Sometimes one need a good holiday or just a change of organisation. How long are you in the profession and at the same organisation?

Hang in there, there must be something in the profession that attracted you in the first place?

Hello Bankie, I'm a newly qualified social worker from South Africa, I would really love to work overseas; UK or Aus. My problem is; I don't know where to start or to contact with respect to my situation. Please help me out, my email address is: sakhiletg@gmail.com

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Lily in South Africa

22 days ago

Hi!

I am a qualified social worker working at the department of social development doing statutory work. I also have experience from working in an NGO. I have a total of 3 years experience for now. I have a Bsw degree and currently pursuing Masters in Childcare and Protection which I will complete next year end of 2016. After I complete my post graduate degree I would love to relocate and work abroad especially in the UK. I have read your comments bienkie and they are indeed very useful! But I would like to know in meantime while I'm still in a process of completing my Masters, what can I do which will assist me to get a job abroad? I have take note of the Visa application, Verification of the degree, Hcpc ..do you know of any recruitment agencies in South Africa? How can I get sponsorship? Please send me an email if you have furthure information lilymsebenzi@yahoo.com

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Bienkie in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom

21 days ago

Hi Lily

I have sent you an email to your email address. Thanks

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Lily in Cape Town, South Africa

21 days ago

I have received your email and Thank you very much for getting back to me. Your feedback is very helpful indeed!!

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