Africa’s top ten employers
Here are Africa's top ten employers, based on the views of thousands of African professionals.The survey, methodology and outreach was led by leading recruitment specialists the Global Career Company, in association with Willis Towers Watson.
1. World Bank Group
The World Bank has a large presence in Africa. The financial institution aims to end extreme poverty and promote prosperity across the continent. To do so, it hires African professionals to work with governments, civil society groups, the private sector and others in developing countries across the world.
2. Exxon Mobil
The American oil and gas corporation operates in several countries, including Nigeria, Chad and Egypt. Exxon Mobil focuses on hiring local employees in order to have a positive impact on the emerging economies they operate in. The firm prioritises
Chevron has major investments in many African countries. For instance, the energy corporation is the leading supplier of petroleum products in South Africa. Chevron offers career development support to its employees in the form of employee networks, online talent management systems and competence analysis tools.
GE started operating in sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. The American conglomerate now comprises 2,600 employees. It’s main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya. GE has signed MOUs with most of these economies, This involves further investments in creating jobs.
5. African Development Bank
AfDB is a development finance institution that aims to boost the economic and social progress of African countries. The bank seeks employees who share the same purpose. AfDB staff partner with African governments, helping them with issues such as policy advice, identification and supervision of development projects.
Microsoft has offices in countries all over Africa, such as Ethiopia, Swaziland and Somalia. These offices include development centres, IT centres, research labs and sales offices. Microsoft hire a number of local workers to fill these offices, and train them to become experts in their field.
7. Nigeria LNG
The liquefied natural gas-producing company directly employs over 1,000 people. Indirectly, Nigeria LNG provides work to thousands of others through contracts and agreements. Employees work in marketing, production and shipping of liquefied natural gas and natural gas liquids. The firm hires generalists, specialists and new graduates. At its main office, Nigeria LNG offers services such as fully residential estate, sports and gym facilities, medical and dental care and car parking.
Schlumberger is the world’s leading oilfield services company and has operations across Africa. Among the 13,242 people who completed the Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Survey, the company scores highly. Schlumberger offer opportunities for recent graduates and experienced professionals.
Shell’s main business activities in Africa include retail and commercial fuels, lubricants and oil, and manufacturing. Employees have to chance to be tasked with the operation of global Shell projects and assets. For instance, staff are hired to work in Shell’s oil refineries, our petrochemical plants, onshore and offshore production fields, and other operations. Conversely, Shell also hire in areas such as businesses and IT.
Coca-cola aims to produce drinks for Africans to enjoy, and also to be a model citizen and leading partner for the sustainable development of the continent. The leading beverage firm offer competitive compensation, the challenge of meaningful work, a unique work culture for its African employees.
SOURCE: [African Business Magazine]
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.