These are the top companies to work for in South Africa

The Top Employers Institute Africa has published its list of the best companies to work for in South Africa in 2022.

The institute recognises companies for their outstanding HR strategies and people practices, with 24 organisations from 31 African countries included in this year’s cohort. As part of the ranking, companies are evaluated across a number of key areas including:

The Top Employers Institute then evaluates the implementation of these practices and reviews how they are supported through strategy, ownership, practices, measurement and technology. It must also be noted that the Top Employers certification is by application.

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company Unilever was ranked as the top employer in South Africa, followed by professional services firm Accenture, and telecommunications company Vodacom. The overall top 20 for South Africa is outlined below.

Rank Company Sector
1 Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd FMCG
2 Accenture (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd Professional services
3 Vodacom Group Pty (Ltd) Telecommunications
4 HCL Technologies IT Services
5 JTI South Africa Tobacco
6 Tata Consultancy Services South Africa IT Services
7 Nestlé (South Africa) FMCG
8 Mondelēz South Africa, Hilti (South Africa) FMCG
9 Hilti (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd Construction
10 DHL Supply Chain (South Africa) Logistics
11 SAP South Africa Software
12 = Mercedes-Benz South Africa Automotive
12 = BAT South Africa Tobacco
14 Dimension Data IT Services
15 HPE South Africa IT Services
16 Sasol Limited Energy
17 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
18 Santam Ltd Financial services
19 LAW FOR ALL Legal services
20 Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages FMCG

In 2021, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continued to be a challenging and difficult time for societies across the globe. It demanded that companies worldwide continue to commit to meeting the changing needs of their employees and the wider world around them, said chief executive of Top Employers Institute David Plink.

“Reflecting on the demanding year that has, like the year before it, impacted organisations across the world. We are happy to see those certified organisations in Africa have continued to prioritise maintaining excellent people practices in the workplace.

“Despite the challenges, they continue to meet the challenges of the changing world of work while working tirelessly to make a positive impact on the lives of their workforce.”


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