These are the best employers in South Africa

 ·5 Aug 2023

There are currently 2,100 companies around the world with ‘top employer’ status – and 146 of them currently operate in South Africa.

According to the Top Employers Institute, to become recognised as a Top Employer, organisations are evaluated according to entry criteria and then participate in the HR Best Practice Survey.

An evaluation process is then conducted to ensure the validity of the HR Best Practices Survey. The evaluation process does the following:

  • Validation of the provided answers and supplemental proof.
  • Review of the consolidated results.
  • Independent external audit of the certification process.
  • Objective scoring based on the final results.

Crucially, only corporations that have over 250 employees are eligible to be named as Top Employers.

The Top Employers are simply given awards and are not ranked according to region- unlike other rankings, like LinkedIn’s 25 best companies to work for.

However, there are certificates of excellence awarded to some international companies in regard to employee conditions.

“In order to achieve Global Top Employer status, these organisations are certified as Regional Top Employers in a minimum number of countries and regions. They must also be certified in the country where their international headquarters are based,” the Top Employers Institute said.

Several of these companies also have operations in South Africa, including:

  • BAT
  • CHEP
  • DHL Global Forwarding Freight
  • HCL
  • JTI 
  • Puma
  • Philip Morris
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Tata Consultancy Services

Below is a comprehensive list of all the 146 companies in South Africa that have been named Top Employers and the industries they operate in:

Schauenburg SystemsManufacturing
Diversey Chemicals, Food & Beverages, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing
EOH Holdings LimitedEngineering, IT, Professional Services, Public Sector, Telecommunications
Palabora Mining CompanyMining
CaterpillarConstruction, Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Mining, Transport
Kerry IngredientsFood & Beverages, Manufacturing
Workforce StaffingProfessional Services, Recruitment
Coca-ColaConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Media/Advertising
Reckitt Consumer Good & Services, Pharmaceuticals
OUTsuranceFinancial Services, Insurance
CanonConsumer Good & Services, Electronics, IT
Bureau VeritasProfessional Services
Tsebo SolutionsConstruction, Consumer Good & Services, Energy, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Professional Services
Nashua IT, Telecommunications
Absa BankBanking, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services
DHL Supply Chain Automotive, Consumer Good & Services, Manufacturing, Mining, Retail, Telecommunications, Transport & Logistics
TwizzaFood & Beverages, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Acino HealthcarePharmaceuticals
Cipla Pharmaceuticals
DiageoConsumer Good & Services
Government Employees Medical SchemeHealthcare, Insurance
Anglo AmericanMining
Dr Reddys LaboratoriesPharmaceuticals
Daimler TruckAutomotive, Financial Services, Manufacturing
EvolutionFinancial Services
BridgestoneAutomotive, Manufacturing
Becton DickinsonMedical Equipment
MultiChoice Television, Streaming
StrykerMedical Equipment
TelkomEngineering, IT, Real Estate, Retail, Telecommunications
Agricultural Research CouncilPublic Sector
Isuzu MotorsAutomotive
AECI LimitedChemicals, Construction, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing, Mining, Real Estate
BacardiConsumer Good & Services
Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchPublic Sector
PnS GroupConsumer Good & Services, Retail
Dark Fibre AfricaTelecommunications
TransUnionFinancial Services
Johnson & JohnsonConsumer Good & Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals
Kimberly-ClarkConsumer Good & Services
Becton DickinsonHealthcare
JTI Consumer Good & Services
ONELOGIX Transport & Logistics
WesBankAutomotive, Banking, Financial Services
Dimension DataIT, Professional Services, Telecommunications
Cell CTelecommunications
Legal Aid Public Sector
Coca-Cola PeninsulaConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
AonFinancial Services, Insurance
SanlamFinancial Services
CHEPConsumer Good & Services, Transport & Logistics
Philip MorrisConsumer Good & Services
RCL FOODSFood & Beverages, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Tiger BrandsConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
VolkswagenAutomotive, Manufacturing
JascoElectronics, Energy, IT, Manufacturing, Telecommunications
AccentureIT, Professional Services
Bryte InsuranceInsurance
DHL Global Forwarding FreightTransport & Logistics
DiscoveryBanking, Financial Services, Insurance
LAW FOR ALLInsurance, Professional Services
Merck Chemicals, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals
SAS InstituteIT
UnileverConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
BATConsumer Good & Services
RCS CardsFinancial Services
MondelezConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
ToyotaAutomotive, Manufacturing
Unitrans Transport & Logistics
FNBBanking, Financial Services, Insurance, Telecommunications
IG MarketsFinancial Services, IT
Beam SuntoryFood & Beverages
Makosi Professional Services
LegalWiseFinancial Services, Insurance
NutunFinancial Services
Boston Scientific Healthcare
Mainstream Renewable Energy
Capitec BankBanking, Financial Services
MerchantsProfessional Services
AirbusEngineering, Transport & Logistics
Weir MineralsEngineering
McCain FoodsConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
African Bank Banking, Financial Services
MccormickFood & Beverages
Vedanta ZincMining
Thungela Mining
GautrainPublic Sector, Transport & Logistics
HowdenEngineering, Manufacturing
Momentum MetropolitanFinancial Services, Insurance
OlamConsumer Good & Services
National Lotteries CommissionFinancial Services, Public Sector
Medshield Medical SchemeFinancial Services, Healthcare
Rand Merchant BankBanking, Financial Services
Komatsu MiningManufacturing, Mining
ExxaroEnergy, Mining
Richards Bay MineralsMining
The SparRetail
DanoneFood & Beverages,
Heineken Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
Thermo Fisher ScientificEngineering, Healthcare
Sasol Chemicals, Energy, Mining
Curo Banking, Financial Services, Insurance
AVBOBFinancial Services, Insurance
ATNSPublic Sector, Transport & Logistics
Redefine PropertiesReal Estate
HowdenConstruction, Mining, Utilities
Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
African RainbowMining
SmollanConsumer Good & Services, Retail
Tata Consultancy ServicesIT
ClicksConsumer Good & Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Retail
HuaweiIT, Telecommunications
DHL International Transport & Logistics

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