Introducing the Awards
Now in their 13th 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 2022 were developed as part of The SAGEA Candidate Insights 2022. The research 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 June 2022 and 2,534 candidates responded during this time.
The Graduate Employers of Choice 2022
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 and their responses were entirely unprompted. Candidates were most likely to vote for specific organisations based on the programmes 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 23 separate sectors and this formed the basis of The Graduate Employers of Choice 2022.
In the accountancy sector, PwC gained a quarter of the votes and between them, the Big Four professional services firms gained two-thirds of the votes within this sector. There were a large number of votes in commercial and retail banking, with Standard Bank receiving just over a quarter of the votes. Sasol gained the most votes in both the chemical & pharmaceutical and engineering or industrial sectors. Deloitte took first place in both the IT and management consulting sectors this year, which is the first time they have achieved first place in either sector
Aspirational Employer of Choice 2022
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 300 organisations were mentioned, Standard Bank was the Aspirational Employer of Choice for 2022, followed by PwC, Auditor General of South Africa, Deloitte, and Investec Bank.