These are the 20 best companies to work for in South Africa

 ·8 Feb 2024

The Top Employers Institute has certified 136 companies in South Africa as ‘Top Employers’ in 2024 – with 20 standing out above the rest.

For 2024, Vodacom emerged as the best employer in the country.

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.

Ranking second in South Africa is Indian multinational tech group, HCL Technologies, which has local operations based in Sandton. The group focuses on enterprise and business technologies.

Unilever, the owner of household brands like OMO, Sunlight, Dove and many others, ranked third, followed by another brand owner, Mondelez International (Cadbury, Oreo, Royal), in fourth.

Rounding out the top five is Daimler Truck Southern Africa, which carries major truck brands like Mercedes Benz and FUSO.

Outside of the top 5, several well-known South African companies also made the cut for the top 20, including Santam, the country’s largest short-term insurer, Sanlam and Tiger Brands.

Santam cracked the list for the eighth consecutive year, moving up to eighth position from tenth in 2023.

The Top Employers institute describes the certification programme as enabling organisations to assess and improve their workplace environment, “recognising excellence in [employer] people practices” in the process.

The Top Employers Institute has certified over 2,300 organisations across 121 countries, impacting around 12 million workers.

Organisations that have more than 250 employees are eligible to “undergo a rigorous process to assess and validate their policies, [to see whether] conditions adhere or exceed industry best practices,” in order to see whether they meet the requirements to become a certified top employer, said the institute.

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:

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

The top 20 employers in South Africa for 2024 are:

1Vodacom Pty LtdTelecommunications
2HCL Technologies (Pty) LtdIT
3Unilever South Africa (Pty) LtdConsumer Goods & Services
4Mondelez International Consumer Goods & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
5Daimler Truck Southern Africa LimitedAutomotive, Financial Services, Manufacturing
6Accenture (South Africa) (Pty) LtdIT, Professional Services
7Heineken Beverages (Pty) LtdFood & Beverages, Manufacturing
8Santam LtdInsurance
9Novartis South Africa (Pty) LtdPharmaceuticals
10Mercedes-Benz South Africa LtdAutomotive
11Tata Consultancy Services South Africa (Pty) LtdIT
12SmollanConsumer Goods & Services, Retail
13British American TobaccoTobacco
14Law For AllInsurance, Professional Services
15JTI South AfricaConsumer Goods & Services
16DHL Supply Chain (South Africa) (Pty) LtdAutomotive, Consumer Good & Services, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing, Mining, Retail, Transport & Logistic
17SanlamFinancial Services
18BP Southern AfricaEnergy
19Tiger Brands LtdConsumer Goods & Services, Food & Beverages, Manufacturing
20Tsebo Solutions Group (Pty) LtdConstruction, Consumer Good & Services, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Professional Services, Utilities

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