The best companies to work for in South Africa

Branding firm, Universum, has released its Most Attractive Employer rankings for 2018 – listing the companies that South African professionals are most keen to work for.

The rankings are based on a survey of more than 22,000 professionals –  which covered a wide range of questions relating to future employment and career goals, as well as other attributes that make an employer attractive, like work-life balance.

Universum’s results are across key sectors categories including business and commerce, technology and engineering, and natural sciences.

The research also 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 list of most attractive employers in South Africa, as ranked by professionals, includes:

Business / Commerce

# Employer Percent
1 Google 11.27%
2 South African Breweries 9.20%
3 Investec 8.61%
4 South African Reserve Bank 8.48%
5 SARS 8.27%
6 Coca-Cola 8.21%
7 Transnet 7.91%
8 Discovery 7.76%
9 Unilever 7.30%
10 BMW Group 6.72%

Engineering / Technology

# Employer Percent
1 Google 13.72%
2 Sasol 12.56%
3 Eskom 11.10%
4 Microsoft 9.81%
5 Transnet 9.24%
6 CSIR 7.75%
7 South African Breweries 7.32%
8 BMW Group 6.93%
9 Murray & Roberts 6.16%
10 Aurecon 6.10%

Natural Sciences

# Employer Percent
1 CSIR 16.35%
2 Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 14.81%
3 Department of Science and Technology 10.91%
4 Sasol 10.37%
5 Department of Rural Development and Land Reform 8.44%
6 South African Breweries 7.46%
7 Eskom 7.06%
8 Google 6.77%
9 Unilever 6.77%
10 Rand Water 6.47%

Humanities / Liberal Arts / Education

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Higher Education and Training 16.67%
2 Google 13.93%
3 Department of International Relations and Cooperation 10.73%
4 Media24 9.71%
5 SABC 7.42%
6 Coca-Cola 7.39%
7 Transnet 6.66%
8 Unilever 6.05%
9 Discovery 6.02%
10 City of Cape Town 5.99%

Law

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Justice and Constitutional Development 15.94%
2 National Prosecuting Authority 12.52%
3 Legal Aid South Africa 12.17%
4 Google 10.68%
5 Webber Wenzel Attorneys 8.32%
6 Transnet 8.23%
7 SARS 8.14%
8 Department of International Relations and Cooperation 7.71%
 9  CCMA 7.53%
10  South African Reserve Bank 7.18%

Healthcare / Health Sciences

# Employer Percent
1 Department of Health 22.96%
2 Medi-Clinic South Africa 17.88%
3 Discovery 15.18%
4 Netcare 11.22%
5 Pfizer Laboratories 9.65%
6 Aspen Pharmacare 9.27%
7 Department of Higher Education and Training 8.30%
8 National Health Laboratory Service 7.48%
9 Cipla 6.66%
10 Johnson & Johnson 6.58%

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