10 best companies to work for in South Africa

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Employer branding company Universum, has published a list of most attractive employers in South Africa, as ranked by university students.

“Today’s businesses operate in a highly competitive employment landscape, and you can gain valuable insight into how your organisation is perceived by tomorrow’s workforce,” the company said.

Universum said its 2016 Most Attractive Employers ranking is based on the opinion of 21,961 business and engineering/IT students from 30 universities.

Top 10 companies as ranked by business-commerce students

# SA employer Global
1 Google Google
2 South African Breweries (SAB) Apple
3 Investec E&Y
4 Transnet Goldman Sachs
5 Coca-Cola South Africa PwC
6 Unilever Deloitte
7 South African Reserve Bank Microsoft
8 Deloitte KPMG
9 South African Revenue Service (SARS) L’Oreal Group
10 KPMG J.P Morgan

Universum South Africa Research Manager Winani Ndlovu said that while South African talent has similarities with their global peers, they also have their unique expectations from employers.

“Similar to the global talent the South African business/commerce talent is looking for development evidenced in their selection of professional training and development and leaders who will support their development as part of their top three important attributes.

“Within the engineering/technology talent innovation and a creative and dynamic work environment is similarly part of the top three most important attributes in an employer,” Ndlovu said.

While both business and engineering/technology global talent have indicated that high future earnings is part of their top three most attractive attributes in an employer, the South African talent has indicated that professional training and development is more attractive in an employer over high future earnings, the research lead said.

Top 10 companies as ranked by engineering-technology students

# SA employer Global
1 Google Google
2 Microsoft Microsoft
3 Eskom Apple
4 Sasol BMW Group
5 Transnet IBM
6 CSIR General Electric
7 South African Breweries (SAB) Intel
8 BMW Group Siemens
9 Unilever Samsung
10 Dept. of Science and Technology (DST) Sony

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