Microsoft South Africa named as the top company to work for in 2020 


The Top Employers Institute has revealed the top 10 employers in the country.

The Top Employers Institute has named Microsoft as the top company to work for across all industries and also the best ICT employer in South Africa in 2020. It released its the ranking of the top employers in South Africa evaluating each of the qualifying organisations based on talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and culture.

The Top Employers Institute then evaluates the implementation of these practices and reviews how they are supported through strategy, ownership, practices, measurement and technology. The ranking is based on employers that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices.

Microsoft was named as the top South African employer in 2020, moving up from third place in 2019. Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says, “To become recognised as a Top Employer, an organisation will have to prove that the implementation of their people strategies enriches the world of work of their employees. The certified participants are a shining example of a dedication to people practices as they continuously commit to empowering their employees for a better world of work. Congratulations!”

Microsoft South Africa Managing Director Lillian Barnard says the award was recognition of the culture that has been built by Microsoft employees in South Africa.

“People are at the core of our business. It starts with an amazing employee experience, ensuring that all employees have the opportunity to constantly learn, grow and develop, while providing an environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion. Our culture has evolved over time and we have adopted a growth mindset that allows for employees to experiment and innovate in an environment which is welcome of diverse people, cultures and ideas,” says Lillian.

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“Advancements in technology are facilitating the shift to a digitally led workplace. For the first time ever, digital natives make up the bulk of the workforce and they are changing the way businesses function.  They want flexibility, they want the freedom to work anywhere and at any time on any device and across multiple platforms. At Microsoft we have embraced how digital transformation can empower the modern workforce." 

Microsoft HR Director Jasmin Pillay adds that diversity and inclusion is a key part of Microsoft’s success and is being driven by the company’s embracing of technology.

“The definition of diversity has expanded, and human resource departments are adapting for an increasingly diverse employee base, which is critical to business success. The modern organisation supports diverse workforces with inclusive digital technology solutions, redesigned processes, and updated workspaces that enable employees to collaborate more effectively in person or when working remotely.”

Microsoft, which was established in South Africa in 1994, invests strongly in employee development.

“Equally important to our success is our ability to retain great talent,” says Jasmin. “We continually invest in our employees, providing them with the opportunities to learn new digital and work-related skills, creating an environment in which they feel valued and the providing them with chance to live our mission of empowering every organisation and person on the planet.”

Telecommunications company Vodacom took second place while professional services company Accenture took third place, Tata Consultancy Services came fourth and Unilver rounded up the top five for 2020. The rest of the top 10 are listed below

  1. Microsoft
  2. Vodacom
  3. Accenture 
  4. Tata Consultancy Services
  5. Unilever
  6. EY
  7. Nestlé’
  8. JTI 
  9. SAP 
  10. Sasol

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