The awards aim to highlight the success of employers, individuals and teams headquartered in South Africa who are using LinkedIn to make a significant impact within their organisations.

LinkedIn’s insights team analyse the performance, results and impact organisations have when finding, hiring and retaining top talent.

LinkedIn, a business-focused social networking website, is the world's largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members. In South Africa, some six million professionals have profiles on LinkedIn, with more than 270 000 local companies represented and 170 000 jobs on offer.

The theme for the awards – to be held in Sandton on October 18 – is 'Talent Intelligence' and focuses on the use of data and insights to make people a business’s competitive advantage.

Keynote speaker Ismail-Saville will share insights on expanding opportunities for the youth. She will be joined by David Whelan, head of Africa, LinkedIn Talent Solutions.

"We are very excited about our first-ever South Africa Talent Awards. Over the past years, the awards in other geographies have recognised and highlighted organisations and decision-makers who have steered their talent success through the use of our solutions," says Whelan. 

"We look forward to celebrating the achievements of individuals and companies who add value by creating great workplace culture," adds Whelan.

The event will be attended by more than 100 executives from across South Africa who will hear from thought leaders, celebrate success and network with peers.

Winners will be awarded in the following categories: Top Social Recruiter, Best Talent Acquisition Team, Best Employer Brand on LinkedIn, LinkedIn Rising Star, and Best Culture of Learning.

Finalists include Shoprite, Standard Bank, JUMO.WORLD, Capitec, Nedbank, Discovery, Sasol, Derivco, GIBS Business School and BroadReach.

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