SA’s top employers revealed

 ·30 Aug 2012

Old Mutual, Microsoft SA and MTN are the best employers in South Africa, according to the CRF Institute’s Best Employer Certification Index for 2012.

The list is a research-based rating of companies looking specifically at human resources management and related areas.

The ratings are compiled through surveys, company reviews and audits by the Corporate Research Foundation, working in conjunction with auditing firm, Grant Thornton.

A total of 73 organisations were certified in 2012 – the largest number since the Best Employer campaign began in South Africa in 1997, the CRF said.

Old Mutual earned the top spot in the “Giants” category (companies with more than 10,001 employees).

MTN came out top in the “Large” category (companies with 1001 to 10,000 employees).

Microsoft SA placed first in the Medium category (companies up to 1,000 employees).

“In a climate where companies expect more than ever from their employees, it is gratifying to see that top employers are realising the value of, and investing in, their relationships with employees, and the people component of the triple bottom line,” said Samantha Crous, the CRF Institute’s country manager.

“Developing and growing potential is one of the primary features of a Best Employer.”

Employers were scored in the following areas:

  • Organisation strategy;
  • HR function;
  • Communication;
  • Diversity management;
  • Corporate social responsibility;
  • Knowledge management;
  • Talent management and engagement;
  • Performance management;
  • Rewards and recognition.

“As businesses increase their foothold on the continent, it becomes more and more important to develop applicable, relevant HR policies and practices alongside,” said Crous.

“These policies become essential for managing the massive redistribution of talent that will be necessary to sustain successful business development in the continent’s many emerging markets,” she said.

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