The top ranked companies in the 2013 Deloitte Best Company to Work For Survey were announced in Johannesburg today, bringing to a close the comprehensive process of analysing the input of employees from 113 companies to ascertain which company they consider to be the best employer to work for.
The Deloitte Best Company to Work For Survey (BCTWF), now an institution in South Africa where it has been running for 14 years, and now enjoying a growing following in Botswana, Namibia and as far afield as Kenya, named the top ranked employers in South Africa as:
* Old Mutual, which took the laurels as the leading company to work for in the category for organisations employing more than 2 500 people;
* Flight Centre (South Africa), in the medium-sized category for companies employing between 301 and 2 500 people;
* The Unlimited, in the small company category for employers with less than 300 employees.
The survey also recognised the companies which were rated as the best employers in various industry sectors. The top ranked industries for 2013 are:
* The MSA Group – Business & Professional Services
* Novo Nordisk – Chemical & Pharmaceutical
* The Unlimited – Finance Services: Insurance
* Microsoft SA – Information Technology
* DHL International T/A DHL Express – Logistics, Shipping & Transport
* Parsec – Manufacturing
* Flight Centre (South Africa) – Tourism & Leisure
"The survey this year followed the ‘Business in Africa' theme, which aptly placed the focus on talent in a changing business environment. The theme also reflects the growing trend for the BCTWF Survey to be regarded as an essential business tool across the Southern Africa region and further into the continent," says Hein Nienaber, Associate Director in Human Capital at Deloitte.
"Increasing numbers of companies are expanding into the continent. These companies are becoming aware of the need to understand the perceptions of their employees towards their institutions and what they value in the employer/employee relationship.
"There is presently little data available on this topic in many African countries. The BCTWF Survey therefore offers employers the opportunity to develop insights into what motivates people, what attracts them to their companies, what they value and also collects the hard data required to make these judgments."
The BCTWF recognises that companies cannot simply transpose South African models regarding the attraction and retention of talent in other countries. Different drivers, cultural elements and perceptions come into play. It is because of these factors that the BCTWF Survey is running in Botswana, Namibia and now Kenya.
Interest is also being expressed in the BCTWF concept in the region. The intention next year is to analytically enhance BCTWF into a more advanced representative regional survey tool by including countries like Zimbabwe and Zambia, while also exploring opportunities for the programme further afield in Tanzania, Rwanda Uganda and other east African countries.
Turning to the results for companies participating in Botswana and Nambia, Nienaber said the top-ranked companies were:
1. Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Botswana
2. First National Bank of Botswana
3. Botswana Post
* Large Company Category: Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies
* Medium Company Category: Santam Namibia
"The fact that 113 companies took part in this year's BCTWF Survey indicates that companies attach significant value to the results. The views of employees about their employers can impact directly on recruitment and retention strategies.
"It is these business strategies that assume significant importance in an economically challenging environment where retaining talent is a major factor impacting on a company's success," concludes Nienaber.
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