Here are South Africa’s most attractive employers in 2022


One of the HR functions is to urgently address transformation in the workplace, says expert.

The South African Reserve Bank, SARS and Transnet are some of the top companies most people want to work for in the country.

This is according to the latest Universum Talent Survey, which shows how talent perceives employers in South Africa.

“One of the biggest trends to look out for globally is the overarching evolution of employees’ need to belong,” says Pabi Mogosetsi, country manager at Universum Global South Africa.
She says transformation is one of the HR areas that is widely viewed as urgent to address.

“With the revised equity and transformation legislation coming into effect this year, the issue is under the spotlight. Our data has shown that diversity, equity, inclusion, culture and values have become quite important to our talent population. These became more widely recognised over the past two years during the pandemic and have become important differentiators to talent, as have learning and growth opportunities,” Pabi says.

According to the Manpower Group, economic activity is reverting to pre-pandemic levels.
“Data reveals that we will have many more employers expecting to hire talent in Q3 and Q4. But the ‘brain drain’ and skills shortage dilemmas remain a challenge. Manpower’s data also indicates that it is becoming exceedingly difficult to fill open positions with suitable talent,” Pabi shares.

The survey also reveals that when looking for new positions, working professionals use networks and connections they have made in the industry and online reviews to make their choices on employer information.

The top five companies professionals prefer working for in the business sector are: The South African Reserve Bank, SARS, Transnet, Investec and Google.

The following are the top five companies South Africans want to work for in the engineering/ technology sector:

Anglo American

In the sciences sector, the following are the most attractive companies to work for:

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
AB InBev

In the humanities sector, the following companies are sought-after:

The Department of Higher Education and Technology
United Nations
City of Johannesburg

The following are the most attractive jobs in the law industry:

The National Prosecuting Authority
Office of the Chief Justice
United Nations
Legal Aid South Africa
The Constitutional Court

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