Safaricom adjudged best African employer

Hohoe (V/R), Oct. 22,
GNA – Kenyan telecom operator wins first place in the latest Forbes ranking of
the best employers in the world.

Forbes, for the second
time, has named the world’s 500 Best Employers, based on its annual Forbes
Global 2000 ranking of the world’s 2000 largest publicly traded companies
copied to the Ghana News Agency.

Kenyan’s Safaricom,
placed in the 67th position, followed by South African Naspers in the 224th

First Rand and Sanlam
placed 432nd and 457th, respectively, as the showing of Africa’s best employers
according to the Magazine.

It said an African
presence admittedly modest (4 companies out of 500) but still up from the first
ranking of 2017, where Remgro, a South African-based investment company, was
the only African company on the list.

The recognition of
Safaricom by Forbes devotes a little more than the flattering image already enjoyed
by the telecom operator since it comes just two months after the magazine
Fortune, is ranked 19th on its list “Change the World “, which ranks companies
according to their societal impact.

Highlighting the
decisive role of the company in the mobile banking revolution, it recalled that
“the M-pesa service, launched by Safaricom in 2007, now serves more than 30
million customers in 10 countries, mainly in remote areas away from the banks

According to
Safaricom’s latest annual report, the company had 6,130 employees at the end of
March 2018, with an average age of 27 years. Of these, half were women.

The second edition is
unsurprisingly dominated by the icons of American capitalism namely, Alphabet,
Apple, Microsoft and Amazon amongst others.


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