These are the companies South Africans most want to work for

The latest Universum Talent Survey shows the companies South African professionals from various fields want to work for the most.

The survey report is based on current employment trends, preferred employers, and the evolving talent needs in the current economic climate.

“One of the biggest trends to look out for globally is the overarching evolution of employees’ need to belong,” said Pabi Mogosetsi, the country manager for Universum Global South Africa.

According to the Manpower Group, economic activity is reverting to pre-pandemic levels, with data revealing that more employers will expect to hire talent in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

Despite this, the ‘brain drain’ and skills shortage dilemmas remain a challenge to businesses, noted Mogosetsi.

A particular point of interest is that more professionals are not as trusting in their organisation’s leadership as they may have been previously, Mogosetsi said.

“6.2/10 of the respondents would recommend their current places of work to someone else, which is concerning considering that a satisfaction rating of 8/10 should be achieved.”

When looking for new positions, working professionals are using networks and connections they have made in the industry and online reviews to make their choices on employer information.

Mogosetsi said that both ethical standards and professional training and development are still highly regarded by professionals, with an emphasis being placed on secure employment over leadership opportunities.

Remote work has also emerged as a new trend that working professionals favour.

Listed below are the companies most professional South Africans want to work for based on each industry:


# Company
1 South African Reserve Bank
3 Transnet
4 Investec
5 Google
6 Coca-Cola South Africa
7 AB InBev
8 First National Bank
9 National Treasury
10 Discovery


# Company
1 Sasol
2 Transnet
3 Google
4 Microsoft
5 AngloAmerican
6 Eskom
7 Tesla
8 City of Johannesburg
9 BMW Group
10 City of Cape Town


# Company
1 Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
3 Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
4 AB InBev
5 AngloAmerican
6 The Agricultural Research Council
7 Coca-Cola South Africa
7 Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology
9 Google
10 Unilever

Humanities/Liberal Arts/Education

# Company
1 Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology
2 United Nations
4 Google
5 City of Johannesburg
6 Department of Home Affairs
7 Transnet
8 City of Tshwane
9 City of Cape Town
10 Statistics South Africa


# Company
1 National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)
2 Office of the Chief Justice
3 United Nations
4 Legal Aid South Africa
5 Constitutional Court
6 Department of Justice and Correctional Services
7 Lawyers for Human Rights
8 The South African Human Rights Commission
9 Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
10 Road Accident Fund

Healthcare/ Health Sciences

# Company
1 Department of Health
2 Medi-Clinic Southern Africa
3 Network Healthcare (Netcare)
4 Discovery
5 Pfizer Laboratories
6 Johnson & Johnson
8 Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology
9 Aspen Pharmacare

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