Top tech companies to work for in South Africa

Universum published its first South African ‘Companies of the Future’ report, revealing that Google, Microsoft, and Telkom are the most sought after tech companies to work for among local students.

The report, which is based on the responses from 16,900 students and 9,100 professionals who were surveyed, showed that Eskom, Sasol, and Transnet are the top ranked companies to work for among engineering students.

When looking at the rankings from MBA students and professionals, Sasol, Eskom, and BHP Billiton were the most sought after employers.

According to Universum the following are important aspects to make an employer attractive to students:

  • Market success
  • Professional training and development
  • Leaders who will support my development
  • Good reference for a future career (employer’s reputation in the market place)

The following table provides an overview of the most sought after tech employers among students, and among MBA students and professionals.

Students rankings
Rank Engineering and IT Students Rank Commerce
1 Eskom 1 KPMG
2 Sasol 2 Coca Cola South Africa
3 Transnet 3 SARS
4 Google 8 Eskom
8 Microsoft South Africa 12 Google
11 Telkom 26 Vodacom
12 Vodacom 32 MTN
16 MTN 35 Microsoft South Africa
21 Nokia 44 Telkom
39 Dimension Data
46 Cell C
MBA and Professional Rankings
Rank Engineering and IT Rank MBA
1 Sasol 1 SAB
2 Eskom 2 McKinsey & Company
3 BHP Billiton 3 Coca Cola South Africa
4 CSIR 5 Google
9 Google 7 MTN
26 Siemens South Africa 11 Vodacom
30 Vodacom 23 Microsoft South Africa
38 Dept of Science and Technology 39 Telkom
40 MTN 42 IBM South Africa
50 MultiChoice

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