This recognition was confirmed during a ceremony held in Johannesburg, South Africa, where seven JTI offices were also individually awarded: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan and Egypt.
“We are delighted to have joined the ranks of the Top Employer family in Africa”, says Mark Phillips, HR Vice President, Middle East, Near East, Africa, Turkey and Worldwide Duty Free. “The success of our company in the region is driven by the quality of our people. We strive to attract the very best talent and believe in developing and promoting people from within. In our certified African countries, JTI has a retention rate of more than 93%. Globally, over 80% of all managerial vacancies are filled by internal candidates.”
David Plink, CEO at the Top Employers Institute, confirms: “Our extensive research concluded that JTI forms part of a select group of employers that advance employee conditions worldwide. Their people are well taken care of. Now that they have received the Top Employer Africa 2018 certification, they can truly consider themselves at the top of an exclusive group of the world’s best employers.”
The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization, and which strive to continuously optimize employment practices.
JTI’s employee offerings were assessed on the following criteria: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-boarding, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career & Succession Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Culture.
For JTI, the new regional Top Employer 2018 certification in Africa is the latest addition to a list of prestigious awards recognizing its HR excellence across the globe: in 2017, JTI was awarded Global Top Employer for the third consecutive year, and was ranked number 1 Top Employer in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.