Results from an independent survey of leading employers in South Africa shows that these organisations are focused on developing graduates into future leaders of the business or to help fill skills shortages. The SAGEA Development Insights Survey 2019 is based on responses from 72 of the leading graduate employers in the country. It provides encouraging news for students leaving university, as the investment and commitment to graduate development remains extremely high.
While employers received thousands of applications, many have commented that there is often a shortage of candidates with the right skills and qualifications. Organisations have implemented graduate programmes to combat this issue and help ensure their businesses have the right talent now and are able to build a secure pipeline of future leaders.
Highlights from The SAGEA Development Insights Survey 2019 include:
Executive Director for SAGEA, Cathy Sims commented:
“The leading employers are showing clear intention to have graduates play a defining role in their organisations. By recruiting for potential, and helping to hone the skills and abilities of these graduates, employers hope to successfully groom the future leaders of their business. However competition for the best candidates remains very high and finding suitable students for technical roles continues to be particularly challenging – as a result, many development programmes are devoted to up-skilling individuals for those hard to fill roles that require in-demand skills.
The very best graduates are likely to have multiple job offers from which to choose, so employers place a great deal of emphasis on having an attractive training and development programme. On the whole, employers remain optimistic about graduate development. While there continue to be challenges in retaining scare skills most feel they have a great deal of support, all the way from the CEO and leadership teams through to those who are managing the day to day activities of new graduates.”
Notes for Editors
1. The SAGEA Development Insights Survey 2019 was 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 in September and October 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 the survey include:
Adams & Adams
Allen & Overy
Aurecon South Africa
Bain & Company
Boston Consulting Group
BP Southern Africa
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
|Coronation Fund Managers
Financial Intelligence Centre
Goodyear South Africa
Huawei Technologies Africa
Investec Asset Management
Mazars Cape Town
McKinsey & Company
Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Mr Price Group
Pick n Pay
Procter & Gamble
Public Investment Corporation
Rand Merchant Bank
4. For further information or additional comments please contact:
Cathy Sims, Executive Director, South African Graduate Employers Association.
Telephone: 021 712 6168 Mobile: 083 297 7740 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org