Introducing the Awards

Now in their ninth year, The SAGEA Employer Awards celebrate the achievements of South Africa’s leading graduate employers. The awards are decided entirely by successful job hunters, who have received confirmed job offers from graduate employers.

How the Awards are Researched

The SAGEA Employer Awards 2018 have been developed as part of The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2018. The survey was carried out on behalf of The South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) by the specialist student and graduate research company, High Fliers Research Ltd.

Launched in 2010, the survey is conducted on an annual basis to help SAGEA members to review the success of their graduate campaigns and help plan their future recruitment programmes. Research took place from March to May 2018, using an online questionnaire and during this time 2,281 candidates responded.

The Graduate Employers of Choice 2018

Each survey participant was asked to name up to two organisations whom they felt had the best graduate programme in specific sectors or industry groups with which they were familiar. There were no lists of organisations to choose from – their responses were entirely unprompted – to help ensure that no preconceptions or assumptions were made regarding a predefined group of employers which candidates may associate with specific sectors. Survey participants were most likely to vote for specific organisations based on the programmes and roles available, the training & development, the overall reputation of the organisation or the appeal of the brand, product or services. The leading employer and two runners-up were recorded across 24 separate sectors and this formed the basis of The Graduate Employers of Choice 2018.

In the accountancy sector, PwC gained a quarter of the vote. Between them, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Absa gained more than three-fifths of the votes within the banking sector. The legal sector was very closely fought, with few votes separating the top two employers.

Three organisations secured first place in two different sectors: Sasol gained the most votes in both the chemical & pharmaceutical and engineering or industrial sectors, Unilever secured the FMCG and manufacturing sectors, while Discovery was in first place for both the health and insurance sectors.

Aspirational Employer of Choice 2018

Candidates were asked to name the one organisation they most aspired to work for, irrespective of their current skill-set, degree, qualifications or job offer. While more than 300 organisations were mentioned, Google was the Aspirational Employer of Choice for 2018.