Recruitment amongst South Africa's leading graduate employers is cautiously optimistic, while competition for the highest-calibre candidates remains intense.
Results from an independent survey of leading employers in South Africa shows that these organisations are set to recruit record numbers of graduates in 2017 & 2018. The SAGEA Employer Benchmark Survey 2017 is based on responses from 99 of the leading graduate employers in the country. It provides encouraging news for students looking for their first job upon graduation.
Competition for the very best candidates remains extremely high. The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2017 – an online questionnaire with 1,960 new or future employees – showed that while candidates made an average of six or seven applications, three-fifths had secured multiple job offers. While most employers received in excess of 1,700 applications, many said there was a shortage of candidates with the right skills and qualifications.
Nearly three-quarters of employers expect to increase graduate salaries in 2018, while a fifth were still to set their salaries by the time the survey took place. 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 hosted their own websites.
Highlights from The SAGEA Employer Benchmark Survey 2017 include:
Highlights from The SAGEA Candidate Insights Survey 2017 include:
Executive Director for SAGEA, Cathy Sims commented:
“South Africa’s leading graduate employers are cautiously optimistic moving into 2018. They plan to increase the number of graduate vacancies on offer which shows a real commitment from recruiters to attract and retain the very best in early talent. Graduates play a key role in the talent management strategy for employers and while there is a planned increase in graduate positions, the competition for the very best candidates remains as high as ever. We anticipate employers will seek to engage in meaningful dialogue with prospective job hunters, via activities such as careers fairs and campus events, while also looking to connect online with students via graduate websites and social media. The very best graduates often have multiple job offers from which to choose, so employers will be working hard to help ensure candidates feel connected to both the role and the organisation.”
Notes for Editors
Absa / Barclays Africa
Adams & Adams
Allan Gray Anglo
Anglo American Platinum
Bain & Company
BMW Group South Africa
Coronation Fund Managers
Diageo South Africa
Financial Intelligence Centre
First National Bank
Global Load Control
Intelligent Debt Management
Investec Asset Management
Kumba Iron Ore
McKinsey & Company
Mr Price Group
Nestle South Africa
Norton Rose Fulbright
Old Mutual Insure
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