G4S Africa wins top employer status for fifth year

G4S Africa has achieved Top Employer status for the fifth consecutive year, in recognition of its achievements supporting employees to develop and progress in an environment that welcomes ideas.


G4S is the only security company in Africa awarded the standard, which it again received for 13 countries in 2017 following a rigorous audit process by the Top Employers Institute.

G4S Africa Regional President Mel Brooks said: “I believe that G4S’s solid people practices, effective training programmes and strong drive towards upskilling and developing its people underpins this international recognition and clearly sets us apart from our competitors.

“Our business is defined by the high standards and expertise of our people, and our customers rely on us to provide high quality, screened, effective employees to secure their assets and business activities.”

The areas examined were talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits and culture.

The 13 countries to achieve certification were Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia. That compares with nine countries in 2013.

G4S Africa employs 119,000 people across 29 countries and provides the means and opportunities for our employees to make the most of their careers.

Over the past 18 months 70 per cent of senior appointments were internal promotions – people who have climbed the G4S ladder, often from the front line.

Elanie Kruger, Regional HR Director, G4S Africa said: “Giving our staff the best possible career development support is a process that is fully entrenched in the business.

“We’re very flexible in the range of opportunities we can offer and we identify the development needed, not only for an employee’s current role but future roles too.

“We also put a lot of emphasis on people taking responsibility for their own development, to support the opportunities provided internally.”

“Our focus moving forward is to listen even more to employees and reflect on their needs, as well as those of our customers and the marketplace.”