7 of the best job perks offered in South Africa

From medical aid to free food and booze, there are plenty of jobs out there that offer more than a paycheque at the end of the month.

But some South African companies go beyond the “typical” perks and promise a bit more than free coffee to their employees.

Jobs portal CareerJunction has filtered through its job data and provided BusinessTech with a list of some of the most amazing job perks offered by companies in South Africa.

Medical aid contributions are one of the most common benefits offered to employees, CareerJunction found, with retirement contributions also being a fairly common benefit offered.

But there were a few unusual perks which stood out – here are 7 of the coolest job perks offered in SA.

Food glorious food


With inflation and rising food costs, many companies are starting to add food as benefits and incentives. After Medical and retirement, food and “great coffee” are among the most common benefits being offered.

Alcohol allowance


If free food is not enough, one listed benefit (for a job in consumer development) also offers an alcohol allowance. Allowance implies that there is a limit, so it’s not quite an “open bar” policy, but with the recent jump in sin tax, this benefit may appeal to those who like to indulge.

Gym Membership

Tech exercise

If food and alcohol are the opposite of what you want, many companies across sectors and skill levels in South Africa offer free gym membership – either to company gyms, or popular gym groups like Virgin Active or Planet Fitness.

100% Gautrain costs paid


Another common company benefit is access to a company care – or in one case listed, access to a “pool car” for business use. However, a benefit unique to Gauteng, a few companies are offering to pay 100% of employees’ Gautrain costs. No mention of paying e-toll fees, however.

Tax-free salary



There were at least three job listings offering a tax-free salary at the end of every month. The catch: the positions are for Qatar. Local companies looking to outsource some South African talent to Qatar are also willing to pay for flights, visas and accommodation in the country.

28 days of leave


Paid leave in South Africa is between 15 and 21 days, depending on where you’re working and what work you do. For some lucky software developers, though, the offer of 28 days off (that’s over five weeks) may just sweeten the deal.

14th cheque

Money rain

A lot of jobs will offer a 13th cheque as an incentive, but at least one company in the 10,000 listed was offering a 14th cheque as an added bonus. The position was for a technical supervisor millwright. What is a better benefit than more money?

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