These are the top finance and tech companies to work for in South Africa

The Top Employers Institute has published its list of the global top employers to work for in 2021.

The institute assesses the people practices of participating companies through the independently audited and fact-based HR survey, which covers six domains and 20 subtopics across the entire HR spectrum.

With the impact of the global pandemic and the uncertainty created around work, 2020 proved to be a year where the practices of companies could influence the lives of millions of employees and their families, said David Plink, chief executive of the Top Employers Institute.

“In addition to the adverse impacts on global health systems and economies, businesses faced the significant hurdle of supporting their people in adapting to new ways of work.

“In our research, we were glad to see that Top Employers put their employees first from the outset of the global health crisis. They responded and adapted quickly to the ever-changing situation.”

Despite the challenges, it was business as usual and Top Employers were held to the same high standards as with every previous year, Plink said.

“We also saw great opportunities and positive changes, including increased focus on well-being, a greater need work-life balance, and a reduction in time spent commuting.”

This year, 16 organisations were successfully certified as leaders in HR for their outstanding strategies and people practices in at least 20 countries each.

The global list of winners is as follows.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim 
  • British American Tobacco 
  • DHL Express 
  • DHL Global Forwarding, Freight 
  • Infosys 
  • JTI 
  • Novartis 
  • Orange 
  • PepsiCo 
  • Philip Morris International 
  • Saint-Gobain 
  • Sandoz 
  • Sanofi 
  • SAP 
  • Takeda 
  • Tata Consultancy Services 

South Africa 

A total of 96 companies were named as top employers in South Africa as part of the 2021 rankings.

The ranking is based on employers that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices.

The companies are evaluated across a number of key areas including:

  • Talent strategy;
  • Workforce planning;
  • On-boarding;
  • Learning & development;
  • Performance management;
  • Leadership development;
  • Career & succession management;
  • Compensation & benefits;
  • Culture

Below is the list of top South African companies in the finance, IT and technology fields.

IT and Technology

Company Industry
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Banking, Chemicals, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Food and Beverages, Healthcare, Hospitality, IT, Manufacturing, Mining, Pharmaceuticals, Public Sector, Telecommunications, Transport and Logistics, Utilities
Dimension Data IT and Telecommunications
HCL Technologies IT
Huawei Technologies Africa Engineering, IT and Telecommunications
Jasco Electronics Holdings Limited Electronics and IT
Microsoft South Africa IT
Orange Business Services IT and Telecommunications
Samsung Electronics South Africa Electronics
SAP South Africa IT
SAS Institute IT
Tata Consultancy Services IT

Financial Services 

Company Industry
Avbob Financial Services and Insurance
Aon South Africa Financial Services, Healthcare and Insurance
Bryte Insurance Financial Services and Insurance
Curo Fund Services Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Discovery Financial Services
Law for All Financial Services, Insurance and Professional Services
Mesdshield Medical Scheme Financial Services and Healthcare
Mercedes-Benz South Africa Automotive, Financial Services and Manufacturing
Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Financial Services and Insurance
RCS Cards Financial Services
Rand Merchant Bank Banking and Financial Services
Sage Financial Services
Sanlam Financial Services
Santam Financial Services and Insurance
TransUnion Africa Financial Services
Wesbank Automotive, Banking and Financial Services

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