The 10 most-attractive tech employers in South Africa

Universum Global has released the results of its latest employer attractiveness survey, which focussed on tertiary students and young professionals.

The 2017 study was the largest to date, comprising of responses from 46,891 students and 22,321 professionals from across South Africa.

Both groups were surveyed across specific sectors, including “Engineering and Technology”.

According to the study, students showed an increased interest in pursuing an international career. The results also show a high mobility intention amongst experienced hires.

“48% of the experienced hires who responded to our survey indicated that they intend to change employers within a year,” said Universum.

“They are still looking for employers that would offer them professional training and development with leadership that will support their development.”

The 10 most-attractive Technology and Engineering companies among South African students and young professionals are detailed in the tables below.


Female student working on laptop

Employer Popularity
1 Google 17.51%
2 Sasol 14.90%
3 Eskom 14.87%
4 Microsoft 14.73%
5 Transnet 14.65%
6 BMW Group 10.94%
7 CSIR 10.06%
8 Murray & Roberts 9.39%
9 Group Five 8.14%
10 Volkswagen Group 7.87%



Employer Popularity
1 Google 17.83%
2 Microsoft 11.89%
3 Eskom 10.66%
4 CSIR 9.83%
5 Sasol 9.03%
6 Transnet 8.28%
7 BMW Group 7.44%
8 First National Bank 6.41%
9 South African Breweries 6.16%
10 Unilever 5.92%

Now read: Behind-the-scenes photos of South African tech companies

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The 10 most-attractive tech employers in South Africa