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You Really Want to Work for These Guys: SA’s Most Attractive Employers in 2017

Here’s the reality: The importance of company culture can no longer be denied since it has such a massive impact on employee satisfaction. By establishing a healthy corporate culture, companies manage to attract and retain top talent. This means that top-tier employees are no longer merely interested in ‘any old job,’ they’re actively picking off companies that won’t benefit their career goals or personal rate of growth.

Here at Adzuna, we took a little in-depth look at which companies seemed the most attractive in 2017, and we also had a look at which organizations were favorable when it came to attracting the most interest from would-be employees. Here’s what we made of the data:

South Africa’s Most Attractive Companies to Work for in 2017:

7 Top Business and Commerce Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. Google
  2. Investec
  3. South African Breweries
  4. Unilever
  5. Coca-Cola South Africa
  6. South African Reserve Bank
  7. Discovery


7 Top Humanities and Liberal Professional Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. Google
  2. Department of Higher Education and Training
  3. Media24
  4. Department of International Relations and Cooperation
  5. Coca-Cola South Africa
  6. City of Cape Town
  7. Woolworths


7 Top Law Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
  2. Google
  3. Webber Wentzel Attorneys
  4. Legal Aid South Africa
  5. National Prosecuting Authority
  6. Bowman Gilfillan
  7. Investec


7 Top Health Care Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. Department of Health
  2. Medi-Clinic Southern Africa
  3. Discovery
  4. Network Healthcare
  5. Aspen Pharmacare
  6. Pfizer Laboratories
  7. Johnson & Johnson


7 Top Natural Science Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. CSIR
  2. Department of Science and Technology
  3. Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
  4. Unilever
  5. Google
  6. Sasol
  7. South African Breweries


7 Top Engineering Companies South Africans Want to Work For

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Eskom
  4. CSIR
  5. Sasol
  6. Transnet
  7. BMW Group


And there you have it. According to professionals in the field, these 42 companies were among the most popular picks that employees would love working for.


When asked why professionals value the idea of working for one of these companies, there were eight qualities which stood out in all of these companies:

  • They provide products or services that their employees respect and approve of.
  • There’s an excellent and affinitive reason as to why the founders started the company.
  • The company is a market leader in its industry.
  • The company is achieving new records within its industry.
  • Employees at the company are treated with respect and have their work-life balance respected.
  • The office environment is inspiring and upbeat.
  • Benefits such as flexible working hours enhance overall employee satisfaction.
  • The company has green policies to help make the world a better place.


Now ask yourself: Is the company you’re considering working for in line with these market leaders? Are you about to emerge yourself in an office culture that values your input? If not, shouldn’t you be considering a change of attitude in your job-hunting efforts?