The purpose of this field study is to gain an increased knowledge and understanding regarding
how Western Cape-based companies work with Employer Branding towards black students by
describing, analyzing and concluding the included processes.
To reach this purpose a qualitative method was used by interviewing three different
representatives from Western Cape companies and one consultant agency working with the
concept of employer branding as well as focus group discussions with students from universities
in Western Cape.
The theoretical framework involves an own-designed model including the different concepts
relevant for our study: Talent Management, Diversity Management and Employer Branding in
which the latter has been given the most focus. The empirical data includes how the participants
perceive the Employer Branding work towards students in a Western Cape context: the black
The analysis chapter follows the structure of the theory chapter and the empirical data is
compared and analyzed from to the different concepts in the theoretical framework. The
analysis demonstrates that companies in Western Cape tend to overestimate their Employer
Branding efforts in terms of resources and variety. Our findings show that the black students in
our study felt dissatisfaction with the Employer Branding efforts from Western Cape companies.
The analysis show clear patterns that Employer Branding in the Western Cape area have a
strong ethnicity diversity focus and especially around fulfilling legal requirements. The
collaboration between companies and universities in Western Cape could improve drastically
according to our empirical findings.
Finally this thesis provides a few recommendations for further research as well as for the
Western Cape companies.
2013. , 101 p.
Employer Branding, Diversity Management, South Africa, Talent Attraction, Students
Human Resource Management - Personnel Management and Organisational Development, 180 credits