The companies where South African students most want to work

The South African Graduate Employers Association has published the winners of its 2017 SAGEA Employer Awards, naming the companies most favoured by South African students across 24 sectors.

Launched in 2010, the survey is conducted on an annual basis to help SAGEA members to review the success of their graduate campaigns and help plan their future recruitment programmes.

Research for the 2016 list took place between March and May 2016, using an online questionnaire, drawing 1,960 candidate responses.

Each candidate was asked to name up to two organisations whom they felt had the best graduate programme in specific sectors or industry groups with which they were familiar.

There were no lists of organisations to choose from – their responses were entirely unprompted – to help ensure that no preconceptions or assumptions were made regarding a predefined group of employers which candidates may associate with specific sectors, SAGEA said.

In the accountancy sector, PwC gained more than a fifth of the vote. Between them, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank gained more than three-fifths of the votes within the banking sector.

The legal sector was very closely fought, with few votes separating the top three employers, SAGEA said.

Three organisations secured first place in two different sectors: Sasol gained the most votes in both the chemical & pharmaceutical and engineering or industrial sectors; Unilever secured the FMCG and manufacturing sectors; while Discovery was in first place for both the health and insurance sectors.

Here are the companies South African students chose as the best (changes and new additions from 2016 in green):

Category Top Company Runners-up
Accountancy PwC Deloitte, KPMG
Automotive BMW Mercedes-Benz, VW
Charity or voluntary Gift of the Givers The United Nations, UNICEF
Chemical and pharmaceutical Sasol Aspen, Unilever
Commercial and retail banking Standard Bank FNB, Nedbank
Consulting (IT) Accenture Deloitte, KPMG
Consulting (Management) Bain & Company McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group
Engineering or industrial Sasol Anglo American, Eskom
Fast-moving consumer goods Unilever Procter & Gamble, Tiger Brands
Health Discovery MediClinic, Netcare
Insurance Discovery Old Mutual, Sanlam
Investment banking Investec RMB, Allan Gray
IT hardware or software Microsoft Google, IBM
Law Bowmans Webber Wentzel, Norton Rose Fulbright
Leisure Sun International Tsogo Sun, Southern Sun
Manufacturing Unilever SAB (ABInBev), Toyota
Media Media24 SABC, Multichoice
Mining and resources Anglo American Anglo Platinum, Sasol
Property Pam Golding Property24, Growthpoint
Public sector National Treasury SARS, Reserve Bank
Retail Woolworths TFG, Shoprite
Telecommunications Vodacom MTN, Telkom
Transport of logistics Imperial Logistics Transnet, Barloworld
Utilities Eskom Rand Water, Sasol

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The companies where South African students most want to work