These are the companies that students most want to work for in South Africa

Universum Global, an employer branding organisation, has published a list of South Africa’s Most Attractive Employers based on its extensive annual research.

With over 45,000 university students and approximately 22,000 young professionals participating in the survey, Universum’s results cover key sectors and categories including business and commerce, technology and engineering, and natural sciences.

The research generated a range of in-depth insights that shed light into how talent evaluates employer brands, what they find attractive in these employers, and ultimately, which employers are the most attractive in South Africa.

“The insights have showed that while having high awareness levels is imperative for employer brands, those levels do not always translate to desire to work for an employer.

“Despite the high unemployment levels talent is facing, they are reporting that being aware of an employer and their staffing needs is not enough to drive the desire to work for that employer,” said Universum’s Winani Ndlovu.

“Employers need to clearly articulate their value proposition to assist them in making an informed decision before joining the organisation. Clearly having a strong employer brand is imperative for the attraction and retention of talent.”

These include employer preferences, salary expectations, concerns relating to employment, goals, both short and long term, expectations around training and development, the importance of corporate culture, and much more.

Universum’s list of most attractive employers in South Africa, as ranked by university students, includes:

Business / Commerce

# Employer Percent
1 SARS 13.48%
2 South African Reserve Bank 12.14%
3 Transnet 11.61%
4 Deloitte 11.21%
5 Investec 11.16%
6 KPMG 10.52%
7 PwC 10.46%
8 Johannesburg Stock Exchange 9.89%
9 Eskom 8.83%
10 Standard Bank 8.56%

Engineering / Technology

# Employer Percent
1 Eskom 18.73%
2 Sasol 18.10%
3 Transnet 16.26%
4 Google 12.82%
5 BMW Group 12.53%
6 Microsoft 11.90%
7 CSIR 8.29%
8 Murray & Roberts 8.28%
9 AngloAmerican Platinum 7.48%
10 AngloAmerican 7.14%

Natural Sciences

# Employer Percent
1 CSIR 18.67%
2 Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 17.89%
3 Department of Science and Technology 13.04%
4 Department of Health 11.29%
5 National Health Laboratory Service 11.20%
6 Sasol 10.91%
7 Google 9.22%
8 Unilever 8.41%
9 South African Breweries 7.86%
10 Department of Rural Development and Land Reform 7.69%

Humanities / Liberal Arts / Education

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Higher Education and Training 35.45%
2 SABC 13.96%
3 Department of Home Affairs 10.23%
4 Media24 9.43%
5 Google 9.28%
6 Department of International Relations and Cooperation 9.08%
7 South African Airways 7.58%
8 Transnet 7.55%
9 City of Johannesburg 5.97%
10 SARS 5.94%

Law

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Justice and Constitutional Development 20.31%
2 Legal Aid South Africa 19.04%
3 Webber Wentzel Attorneys 15.57%
4 National Prosecuting Authority 14.60%
5 Adams & Adams 11.96%
6 Werksmans Attorneys 10.33%
7 Bowman Gilfillian 9.63%
8 CCMA 9.37%
9 Road Accident Fund 8.78%
10 DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr 8.57%

Healthcare / Health Sciences

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Health 42.24%
2 Medi-Clinic South Africa 31.09%
3 Netcare 20.51%
4 National Health Laboratory Service 13.38%
5 Discovery 9.38%
6 Aspen Pharmacare 6.91%
7 Pfizer Laboratories 5.51%
8 City of Cape Town 5.43%
9 Adcock Ingram 4.45%
10 Department of Higher Education and Training 4.18%

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