The SAGEA Recruitment Awards 2024

Now in its fourteenth 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. 

The SAGEA Employer Awards 2024 were developed as part of The SAGEA Candidate Insights 2024. 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 April to June 2024 and 2,717 candidates responded during this time. 

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 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, or the overall reputation of the organisation.  The leading employer and two runners-up were recorded across 21 separate sectors and this formed the basis of The Graduate Employers of Choice 2024.

In the accountancy sector the Big Four firms gained nearly three-quarters of the votes, with PwC receiving the most votes. There were a large number of votes in commercial and retail banking, with the top three organisations receiving nearly two-thirds of the votes. Several organisations – including Anglo American, Deloitte, Discovery, PwC, Sasol, Standard Bank, Tiger Brands and Unilever – appear in the top three for more than one category.

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 over 300 organisations were mentioned, the Aspirational Employer of Choice 2024 is Standard Bank, followed by PwC and KPMG.

Each candidate was asked to name any representatives – and the organisation where they worked – who had made the most positive impression on them during their job search. More than 600
different people were mentioned, and the three most often mentioned were Aarti Singh, followed by Venessa Oger, and Kasheer Singh.