Best Companies to Work for in South Africa

Best Companies to Work for in South Africa

When it comes to the best companies to work for, it’s clear to see that government and parastatals are popular employer choices for young South Africans and professionals. A survey was conducted among 44,640 students at 25 tertiary institutions and 21,374 professionals from across South Africa.

This research was used to determine the Most Attractive Employer Awards, which provide indicators of the growth of certain sectors.

Students and professionals vote for employers in terms of the following areas of study:

  • Business/commerce students
  • Engineering/technology students
  • Health care / health sciences / sciences students

The following provides an overview of the 2015 Universum Most Attractive Employer Awards:

  • Business
    • KPMG
    • South African Reserve Bank
    • Transnet
  • Engineering
    • Eskom
    • Transnet
    • Sasol
  • Sciences
    • DAFF
    • CSIR
    • DST
  • Humanities
    • DHET
    • Department of Health
    • SABC
  • Law
    • Legal Aid
    • Webber Wentzel Attorneys
    • NPA
  • Health Services
    • Department of Health
    • Medi-Clinic Southern Africa
    • Network Healthcare (Netcare)

Young people are still concerned about their prospects of finding employment and are looking for employers who they perceive as stable. As much as 63% of students are concerned about their prospects of finding a job after graduation, which is slightly down from 66% the year before

Government and parastatals popular

In this rankings, within the student rankings, the government and parastatals feature in the “Top 3” across every sector. The reason is simple – the government and parastatals are perceived as offering secure and stable employment.

Transnet has becomes more attractive across the board – one of the only SOE’s that has large expansion plans in the immediate future.


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