Results from an independent survey of leading employers in South Africa shows that these organisations are set to recruit record numbers of graduates in 2019 & 2020. The SAGEA Employer Benchmarking Survey 2019 is based on responses from 94 of the leading graduate employers in the country. It provides encouraging news for students looking for their first job upon graduation, even though competition to secure the best positions remains extremely high.
The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2019 – an online questionnaire with 2,168 new or future employees – showed that candidates made an average of five or six applications, and most had secured multiple job offers. While employers received thousands of applications, many said there was a shortage of candidates with the right skills and qualifications.
Candidates who started their job hunting prior to university, or in their first year on campus, were most likely to secure a graduate position with their number one employer of choice. However students who waited until their final year of university before starting their job search were the least likely to have received a job offer from one of their top three employers of choice.
Employers continue to look for engaging ways to interact with students to create a useful dialogue and help them to understand all of the opportunities on offer. Recruiters were very active on campus – hosting events and attending careers fairs – and were also present on social networking sites and hosting their own websites.
Highlights from The SAGEA Employer Benchmarking Survey 2019 include:
Highlights from The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2019 include:
Executive Director for SAGEA, Cathy Sims commented:
“Many employers are showing the intention to have graduates play a key role in their organisations, however competition for the best candidates remains very high and finding suitable students for technical roles continues to be particularly challenging.
The very best graduates are likely to have multiple job offers from which to choose, so employers have to work very hard to help ensure candidates feel connected to both the role and the organisation. Employers who are performing well are engaging in meaningful, authentic conversations with job hunters via multiple channels – including print, digital and face-to-face promotions.
It is interesting to note that many of the candidates who said they have secured a position with their most preferred employer started their job search early – so they had the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of what was on offer – while those who did not join their most preferred organisation were very likely to have left their job hunting until their final year.
On the whole, employers remain optimistic about graduate recruitment. They plan to increase the number of graduate vacancies on offer which shows a sustained, and real commitment from organisations to attract and retain the very best candidates – many of whom are being developed to become future leaders within the business.”
1. The SAGEA Employer Benchmarking Survey 2019 and The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2019 were carried out on behalf of The South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) by the specialist graduate research company, High Fliers Research Ltd. Research took place from March to May 2019, using online questionnaires.
2. The South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) is a professional body dedicated to connecting and advancing the graduate recruitment industry. SAGEA is the hub of the industry, making use of synergies, resourcefulness and insights to bring global best practice to our members, and elevate the profession.
3. The employers who participated in one or both surveys include:
Advtech Resourcing Network Recruitment
Amazon Web Services
Aurecon South Africa
Bain & Company
BDO South Africa
BMW South Africa
Boston Consulting Group
BP Southern Africa
British American Tobacco
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Coronation Fund Managers
Cummins Africa Middle East
Financial Intelligence Centre
Global Load Control
Globeleq South Africa
Goodyear South Africa
Huawei Technologies South Africa
Investec Asset Management
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
McKinsey & Company
Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Mr Price Group
Pick n Pay
Procter & Gamble
Professional Provident Society
Public Investment Corporation
Rand Merchant Bank
RB South Africa
Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation
Shoprite Group of Companies
South African Reserve Bank
Swiss Re Life and Health Africa
Toyota South Africa Motors
Unilever South Africa
Volkswagen Group South Africa
WSP Group Africa
4. For further information or additional comments please contact: Cathy Sims, Executive Director, South African Graduate Employers Association.
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