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Best automotive companies to work for in South Africa

BMW, Ford, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and VW are among the best automotive companies to work for in South Africa, having all been presented with Top Employer certifications for 2024.

To be considered for the prestigious award, the Top Employer Institute reviews specific domains within a company such as its people strategies, digitalisation initiatives, talent attraction and management, learning opportunities, employee wellbeing, diversity, and integrity.

Therefore, those who received the acknowledgment are considered employers who provide outstanding conditions for their workers.

The best automotive employers in South Africa

For 2024, over 2,300 companies from 122 countries/regions across the globe were classified as Top Employers including 137 recipients from South Africa, 13 of which participate in the local automotive industry in one or more capacities, including in retail, manufacturing, transport, and finance.

Remarkably, VW’s South African subsidiary received the internationally recognised certification for the 13th consecutive year underscoring its commitment to provide an environment for employees “in which they can prosper and grow,” said HR director Russell Coleman.

VW Group South Africa receiving Top Employer certification

Similarly, Daimler Truck Southern Africa was classified as a Top Employer once again and improved its overall top 20 ranking from 7th in 2023 to 5th in 2024. Furthermore, the firm was recognised as the “Automotive Industry Leader” for the second year in a row.

BMW’s South African wing also bagged a Top Employer award for the second time, as did Isuzu’s.

According to the Top Employer Institute, the best companies to work for in South Africa’s automotive sphere in 2024, in no specific order, comprise:

Employer Sector
BASF South Africa  Automotive, chemicals, manufacturing
Bridgestone Southern Africa Automotive, manufacturing
BMW Group South Africa Automotive, financial services, IT, manufacturing
Daimler Truck Southern Africa Automotive, financial services, manufacturing
DHL Supply Chain South Africa Automotive, consumer goods & services, engineering, food & beverages, manufacturing, mining, retail, transport & logistics
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Automotive, manufacturing
Forvia Faurecia Automotive
Isuzu Motors South Africa Automotive
MAN Automotive South Africa Automotive
Mercedes-Benz South Africa Automotive
Plennegy Automotive, consumer goods & services
Toyota South Africa Automotive, manufacturing
Volkswagen Group South Africa Automotive, manufacturing

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