Top employers in Africa named for 2014

  The number one Certified Top Employer Africa 2014 is: SAP, which operates in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria.

The remaining organisations certified as a Top Employer Africa 2014 (followed by their countries of operation are (in alphabetical order):

  •          British American Tobacco: South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe;
  •          EY: South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria;
  •          G4S: Botswana, South Africa, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Repuplic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia;                                         
  •          Microsoft: Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria;
  •          Old Mutual: Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe;
  •          Orange: Senegal, Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Business Services Egypt
  •          Unilever:  Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria.

The Top Employers Africa 2014 Certification results published today (Friday) show that leading employers in Africa continue to invest heavily in developing their people and that this is a key part of their growth strategy on the continent.

The African economy is growing faster than any other continent in the world, with one-third of the continent's countries having a GDP growth rate of more than 6 percent. According to the African Development Bank, the costs of starting a business in Africa have fallen by more than two-thirds over the past seven years while delays for starting a new business have been halved.

Unique Demands

Yet many big companies and corporations extending their reach into Africa still stumble because they fail to adapt their business strategy and operational models to uniquely African circumstances.

Elanie Kruger, Regional HR Director of G4S Africa, that received the Top Employers Africa 2014 Certification, said: "It is important to stress that Africa is not one country but consists of 54 countries.

"Although there are some similarities, most countries are different with unique features. If you want to do business in Africa you need to understand the individual countries, cultures, languages, politics and economic models and obviously unique business and people challenges.

"Similar business models are adapted, but legislative requirements as well as cultural differences do require businesses to be flexible and innovative."

The annual Top Employers Africa Certification Programme, which is carried out by the Top Employers Institute, and independently audited by Grant Thornton, shows that good people management can help mitigate this and mean the difference between success or failure on the continent.

"Globally, there has been a shift in the importance businesses place on talent and people management within company structures -- and this is very evident in businesses operating in Africa," said Samantha Crous, Top Employers Institute, Regional Director Africa and Benelux.

"There is a great demand for talent and human capital and companies find themselves competing for the most experienced and skilled staff," she continued.

"We are seeing companies spend more on developing local expertise through employee training and education. Benefits like child care and special working conditions as well as internal communication platforms are also evident." 

SAP

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