Govt, Google Ranked among SA’s most Attractive Employers by Youth

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youth-employment-man-blackResearch by employer branding organisation, Universum, released today shows that government and parastatals are among the top ranking employers of choice for university students and young professionals,

The report looks at the most attractive employers for South Africans in 2018 and over 45 000 university students and about 22 000 young professionals were interviewed in key sectors including business and commerce, technology and engineering, and natural sciences.

Here are the forerunners in each category. 

Business and commerce

The South African Revenue Service (SARS), the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Transnet and Deloitte and Investec were among the top five employers of choice for tertiary students. While Google, South African Breweries, Investec, SARB and SARS were among the top five for professionals.

Engineering and technology

Eskom, Sasol, Transnet, Google and BMW featured in the top five for tertiary students. Google, Sasol, Eskom, Microsoft and Transnet were in the top five for young professionals.

Natural sciences

Government departments dominated choices for tertiary students – the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Health and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) were among the top five. For professionals the CSIR, DAFF, DST and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform were among the top five.

Humanities, liberal arts and education

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the SABC, the Department of Home Affairs, Media24 and Google were among the top five choices for tertiary students. For professionals the DHET, Google, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Media24 and SABC were among the top five choices.

Law

the Department of Justice and Correctional Services (DoJ), Legal Aid South Africa, Webber Wentzel Attorneys, The National Prosecuting Authority and law firm Adams & Adams were in the top five for tertiary students. Similarly the DoJ, NPA, Legal Aid South Africa, and Webber Wentzel was popular among professionals, with Google included.

Healthcare and health sciences

The Health Department, Mediclinic South Africa, Netcare, the NHLS and Discovery were ranked in the top five for tertiary students. The Health Department, Mediclinic South Africa, Discovery, Netcare and Pfizer Laboratories were ranked in the top five for professionals.

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Lebohang Thulo
Lebohang Thulo
Lebohang Thulo is the editor of SME South Africa. She enjoys keeping up with the country’s exciting and fast developing entrepreneurship ecosystem. You can find her at @lelele3