Once you’ve completed your college studies, your next big goal is finding employment at a company that nurtures your skills and treats you fairly. These 10 companies have set a benchmark as South Africa’s top employers in their respective sectors, giving you something to aim for when you’re ready to find a job.


1. Vodacom (Telecommunications)

Vodacom has long been regarded as the top telecommunications company to work for in South Africa and Africa as a whole.  Named as a Certified Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute, the telecoms giant has superb human resources (HR) practices and excellent employee working conditions. For HR, marketing, business management and public relations professionals, there are few better places to work.


2. ADvTECH (Education)

Education group ADvTECH has shown remarkable growth over the past few years, and has quickly gained a reputation for excellence in the private education sector. Owning a collection of high-quality brands at school and tertiary levels, the group employs more than 5000 people in education, recruitment, administration and marketing. ADvTECH has also successfully placed more than 3000 candidates through dedicated staffing branches. A strong leadership development programme secures a good future for employees.


3. Aurecon (Engineering)

Aurecon is a dynamic and well-respected engineering company operating in 28 countries, including South Africa. New employees are supported through a range of formal and informal learning opportunities, including education assistance schemes and personal and professional development courses. Aspiring engineers can apply for jobs in mechanical, electrical, chemical, structural and environmental engineering at Aurecon. Start your engineering studies here.


4. DHL (Transport & Logistics)

DHL has gained global, regional and South African Top Employers certification, making it a leader in best employment practices within the transport and logistics sector. Employees benefit from a wide range of graduate programmes, e-learning courses and professional development programmes. With opportunities in different divisions around the globe, DHL is a dream option for those interested in a logistics career.


5. Unilever (Consumer Goods)

Unilever owns some 400 global brands, and employees are rewarded with performance incentives and exposure to some of the brightest business brains in the world. Graduates in finance, marketing, human resources, supply chain, research and customer development can apply for Unilever’s Future Leaders Programme (an accelerated 3-year development programme) or internships and apprenticeships.


6. Old Mutual (Finance & Insurance)

Old Mutual’s longstanding reputation and multiple development programmes help it stand out from the crowd, while employees can choose from a variety of remuneration and benefit options. Working conditions are exceptional, and the office in Cape Town houses a shopping mall, gym, canteen, restaurants, a medical suite, hairdresser, post office and crèche. If you’re contemplating finance studies, the vision of working here should give you all the motivation you need.


7. SPAR Group (Retail)

Another Certified Top Employer, SPAR provides solid employee benefits, and plenty of scope for career growth within the company. The group offers careers in sales, finance, marketing, logistics, information technology and HR, with vacancies advertised through Career Junction.


8. African Rainbow Minerals (Mining)

If you’re interested in an occupational health & safety, engineering, or mining career, then African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is a company you want to work for. The Top Employers Institute found that ARM provides exceptional working conditions, develops talent at all levels of the organisation and always strives to optimise leadership practices.


9. Volkswagen South Africa (Automotive)

As a Certified Top Employer for seven years running, Volkswagen South Africa is undoubtedly the leading automotive industry employer in the country. The company has trainee programmes and careers in engineering, sales and marketing, finance, IT, human resources and logistics. Employees enjoy a dynamic, innovative work environment and ongoing training and support.


10. Airports Company South Africa (Public Sector)

Airports Company South Africa has won more awards than any other South African public sector organisation. Not restricted to aviation, the company’s huge range of career streams includes property development, retail, engineering, general management, project management, business support services and health and safety. The company places a strong focus on the youth, offering practical learnerships and internships.


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