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The Top Employers Institute released their list of the top employers in South Africa. The annual research recognises employers that offer the best working conditions for their employees, including those that nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the company.

Companies are evaluated on 9 key areas: talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits and culture. To be eligible, organisations must be certified in a minimum of 4 African countries.

The importance of this certification is that it provides employers with an important quality metric that enables them to position their brands more effectively in the attraction, retention and engagement of top talent.

“Organisations are shifting from manager-driven development plans towards empowering employees to take direct ownership of their careers and development,” said Billy Elliott, Top Employers Institute country manager: Africa. “What sets Africa’s Top Employers apart is a growing recognition that people development is not a top down strategy, but a partnership between the employer and the employee.”

Here are the top employers in South Africa:

Ranking Company Industry
1 Old Mutual Financial services
2 Ernst & Young (EY Africa) Financial services
3 SAP Software
4 Tata Consultancy Services Consulting
5 Microsoft Software
6 Nestlé South Africa Food and beverages
7 Accenture Consulting
8 Orange Business Services – South Africa IT services
9 Vodacom Group Telecoms
10 Dimension Data IT services


Earnt and Young Africa (EY Africa) ranked as the top employer in all of Africa, due to its first place ranking in Kenya and Nigeria, and second place ranking in South Africa. Japan Tobacco International (JTI)  and telco group, Orange, round out the top 3 employers in Africa.

An additional 15 new companies made it to the list for 2018. Some of the new employers that made it to the list include Avbob, Danone, WesBank and Schindler.



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The Best Countries in the World to Work in
Generation Z and the Workplace