These are the top employers in South Africa in 2024 – with a new number one

 ·25 Jan 2024

There are over 2,300 companies around the world that have a certified ‘Top Employer’ status – with 136 of them currently operating in South Africa.

The Top Employers Institute says that to become recognised as a Top Employer, companies must “be at the forefront of people practices.” “These organisations undergo a rigorous process to assess and validate their policies, and conditions adhere or exceed industry best practices,” said the institute.

Organisations that have over 250 employees are eligible to be evaluated according to entry level criteria, and then need to participate in the HR Best Practice Survey.

The evaluation process is based on 20 topics; including people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

Additionally, 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.

In 2024, Vodacom Group was ranked by the Top Employers Institute as the continent’s top employer.

This came at a certification dinner earlier this month. While the company has been listed as a Top Employer for seven consecutive years prior (2017-2023), this is the first time the company has attained first position in the overall Top Employer for Africa and South Africa.

Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub said, “It is an honour to be recognised as the Top Employer on the continent,” saying that this can largely be attributed to “initiatives that ensure our employees remain engaged, boosting morale and cultivating a progressive and effective organisational culture”.

There are also 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:

  • Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • BAT South Africa
  • CHEP South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • DHL International (Pty) Ltd t/a DHL Express
  • Dimension Data South Africa
  • HCL Technologies (Pty) Ltd
  • JTI South Africa
  • PepsiCo South African
  • Philip Morris
  • Puma South Africa
  • Saint-Gobain Construction Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Tata Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd

A comprehensive ranking system for South African employers has not been released by the Top Employers Institute – neither has it been obtained through communication.

However, the full list of the 137 certified Top Employers in South Africa (in no particular order) are:

Kimberly-Clark Personal Care
PepsiCo South AfricaFood & Beverages, Manufacturing
Ford Motor Company of Southern AfricaAutomotive, Manufacturing
South African BreweriesConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
AlexforbesFinancial Services
Savino Del Bene South AfricaTransport & Logistics
Mediclinic Southern AfricaHealthcare
EPPFFinancial Services
Forvia FaureciaAutomotive
BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Automotive, Chemicals, Manufacturing
Impala Member of the Implats GroupMining
MultiChoice GroupIT, Media/Advertising, Telecommunications
MonocleBanking, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services
Mr Price Group LimitedFinancial Services, Retail
Bayer (Pty) LtdChemicals, Consumer Good & Services, Pharmaceuticals
Shell South AfricaChemicals, Energy, Manufacturing, Retail
BMW Group South AfricaAutomotive, Financial Services, IT, Manufacturing
Stryker South Africa Pty LtdHealthcare
Plennegy (Pty) LtdAutomotive, Consumer Good & Services
Western Cape GovernmentPublic Sector
MAN Automotive (South Africa) Proprietary LimitedAutomotive
AfroCentric GroupHealthcare, Pharmaceuticals
McDonald’s South AfricaFood & Beverages
Thungela ResourcesMining
McCain FoodsConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions (Pty) LtdTransport & Logistics
Weir Minerals South AfricaEngineering
Absa Bank LimitedBanking, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services
MTN South AfricaTelecommunications
Daimler Truck Southern Africa LimitedAutomotive, Financial Services, Manufacturing
Anglo AmericanMining
Cipla South AfricaPharmaceuticals
Bridgestone Southern AfricaAutomotive, Manufacturing
Acino Healthcare GroupPharmaceuticals
Evolution Credit LimitedFinancial Services
Zensar South Africa (Pty) LtdIT
Dr Reddys Laboratories (Pty) LtdPharmaceuticals
African Bank LtdBanking, Financial Services
Schauenburg SystemsManufacturing, Mining
Diversey SA (PTY) LtdChemicals
Palabora Mining Company (Pty) Ltd. (HBIS Group – PMC)Mining
Diageo South Africa (Pty) LtdConsumer Good & Services
Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance
IG Markets South AfricaFinancial Services, IT
EOH Holdings LimitedEngineering, IT, Professional Services, Telecommunications
Caterpillar Southern Africa (PTY) LtdConstruction, Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Mining, Transport & Logistics
LexisNexis South AfricaIT
FNB – a division of FirstRand LimitedBanking, Financial Services, Insurance, Telecommunications
ACCIONAConstruction, Energy, Engineering, Financial Services, Real Estate
Boston Scientific South Africa (Pty) LtdHealthcare
Mainstream Renewable Power South AfricaEnergy
Merchants SA (PTY) LTDProfessional services
Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) LtdEngineering, Manufacturing, Telecommunications
Makosi SA (Pty) LtdProfessional services
LegalWise South Africa (RF) (Pty) LtdFinancial Services, Insurance, Professional Services
Nutun Digital Business ServicesFinancial Services, Professional Services
Kerry Ingredients SA Pty LtdFood & Beverages, Manufacturing
Workforce Staffing Pty Ltd.Professional Services, Recruitment
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Proprietary LimitedConsumer Good & Services, Pharmaceuticals
Tsebo Solutions Group (Pty) Ltd.Construction, Consumer Good & Services, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Professional Services, Utilities
Nashua (Pty) LtdIT, Telecommunications
BP Southern AfricaEnergy
Isuzu Motors South Africa (Pty) LtdAutomotive
Mccormick South AfricaFood & Beverages
Vedanta Zinc InternationalMining
Telkom SA Soc LimitedEngineering, IT, Real Estate, Retail, Telecommunications
Agricultural Research CouncilPublic Sector
DHL Supply Chain (South Africa) (Pty) LtdAutomotive, Consumer Good & Services, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing, Mining, Retail, Transport & Logistics
Gautrain Management AgencyPublic Sector, Transport & Logistics
Twizza (PTY) LTDFood & Beverages, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Canon South Africa (PTY) LtdConsumer Good & Services, Electronics, IT
Bureau Veritas South Africa GroupProfessional Services
OUTsuranceFinancial Services, Insurance
TransUnion AfricaFinancial Services
AstraZeneca (Pty) LtdPharmaceuticals
Medshield Medical SchemeInsurance
AECI LimitedChemicals, Construction, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing, Mining, Real Estate
Howden Africa (Pty) LtdEngineering, Manufacturing
Momentum Metropolitan Holdings LimitedFinancial Services, Insurance
National Lotteries CommissionFinancial Services, Public Sector
Komatsu Mining Corp. GroupManufacturing, Mining
PnS GroupConsumer Good & Services, Retail
Kellogg’s South AfricaManufacturing
Dark Fibre Africa Proprietary LimitedTelecommunications
Hewlett-Packard South Africa (Pty) LtdIT
Puma South AfricaRetail
RCL FoodsFood & Beverages, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics
Tiger Brand LtdConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
Philip MorrisConsumer Good & Services
Hilti South Africa (Pty) LtdConstruction
DHL International (Pty) Ltd t/a DHL ExpressTransport & Logistics
Howden Africa (Pty) LtdConstruction, Mining, Utilities
Sanofi South AfricaPharmaceuticals
Saint-Gobain Construction Products South Africa (Pty) LtdManufacturing
African Rainbow MineralsMining
SmollanConsumer Good & Services, Retail
Samsung Electronics South Africa (Pty) LtdTelecommunications
Tata Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) LtdIT
Vodacom Pty LtdTelecommunications
Redefine PropertiesReal Estate
Heineken Beverages (PTY) LtdFood & Beverages, Manufacturing
Thermo Fisher ScientificEngineering, Healthcare
ATNSPublic Sector, Transport & Logistics
Clicks Group LimitedConsumer Good & Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Retail
RCS CardsFinancial Services
Mondelez InternationalConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
Toyota South AfricaAutomotive, Manufacturing
Novartis South Africa (Pty) LtdPharmaceuticals
Becton Dickinson (Pty) LtdHealthcare
JTI South AfricaConsumer Good & Services
Santam LtdInsurance
Dimension DataIT, Professional Services, Telecommunications
Cell C LimitedTelecommunications
Legal Aid South AfricaPublic Sector
Coca-Cola Peninsula BeveragesConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
SanlamFinancial Services
Accenture (South Africa) (Pty) LtdIT, Professional Services
DHL Global Forwarding South Africa (PTY) LimitedTransport & Logistics
DiscoveryBanking, Financial Services, Insurance
HCL Technologies (Pty) LtdIT
Law For AllInsurance, Professional Services
Medtronic Africa PTY LtdHealthcare
Mercedes-Benz South Africa LtdAutomotive
CHEP South Africa (Pty) LtdConsumer Good & Services, Transport & Logistics
Coca-Cola Africa (Pty) LtdConsumer Good & Services, Food & Beverages, Media/Advertising
Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) LimitedIT, Telecommunications
Volkswagen Group South AfricaAutomotive, Manufacturing
Financial Service Conduct AuthorityFinancial Services
Lactalis South AfricaEngineering, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
AVBOBFinancial Services, Insurance
TotalEnergies SA (Pty) LtdChemicals, Energy
ENGIE Southern AfricaEnergy
BAT South AfricaTobacco

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