For 2019, nearly 23,000 working professionals and over 45,000 students participated in the survey to share their opinions and views on career goals and ideal employers.

It is clear that the tough economic, political and social landscape has had a major impact, with both target groups prioritising security and stability from employers. “Security in this case does not mean an environment where they are wanting a job for life,” said Universum SA country manager, Keshia Serage.

“This group of nearly 70,000 South Africans, were asking themselves whether the employers they work for, have what it takes to survive the current tough economic conditions,” said Serage. This points to why South African banks have captured the attention of local business talent to become the industry of choice, followed by the accounting, auditing, and financial services industries.

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