Qantas has soared above the competition to be named Australia’s most desirable place to work in 2019.
The nation’s flagship airline beat out a slew of big-name firms to claim the No.1 spot in recruitment agency Randstad’s Employer Brand Research report on Tuesday.
Randstad surveyed more than 10,000 Australians to compile the list of the nation’s best employers, which was dominated by big-name firms, universities, healthcare companies and governments.
|Australia’s top 20 best places to work in 2019|
|1. Qantas Airways||11. Federal Government|
|2. Epworth HealthCare||12. Healthe Care Australia|
|3. Apple||13. The University of Sydney|
|4. PricewaterhouseCoopers||14. The University of Queensland|
|5. Tasmanian Government||15. The University of New South Wales|
|6. Infosys Technologies Limited||16. Australian Red Cross Society|
|7. The University of Melbourne||17. Monash University|
|8. Virgin Australia||18. Boeing Australia|
|9. Australian Broadcasting Corporation||19. G8 Education|
|10. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology||20. Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology|
Qantas came out on top, thanks to its generous employee perks including discounted travel, the perception that it is an early adopter of technology, and its consistent financial performance.
In January, Qantas was named the world’s safest airline for the fifth year in a row.
Epworth HealthCare and tech giant Apple followed in second and third place respectively, valued for their strong financial credentials, engaging job content in leading fields, and strong public reputations.
The research also showed an upwards trend in the popularity of the higher education sector, with six of the country’s universities ranked within the top 20 most attractive employers nationally.
“With Australia’s unemployment rate at 5 per cent, competition for top talent is fierce,” Randstad Australia chief executive Frank Ribuot said.
“Business leaders must put their best foot forward with a robust image that truly matches a great employee experience.”
Work-life balance key to a good job
The research also looked at the factors that motivate employees to stick with, or ditch, an employer.
Work-life balance was found to be the single most important reason for employees to stay in their roles.