Qantas claims number one spot as preferred employer

- May 14, 2019 3 MIN READ
  • Tech giant Apple drops two slots to place at number three on the list
  • Qantas previously earned the top spot in 2017
  • This is the fourth consecutive year Qantas has ranked in the top 3 listings.

Qantas has reclaimed its crown as Australia’s most attractive employer, knocking Apple from the number one slot, as Randstad reveals the top 20 most desirable places to work in 2019.

The much-loved Australian airline leapfrogged to the top slot thanks to its highflying job perks, including travel benefits for its employees.

Following in second and third place respectively is Epworth Health Care and Apple, also valued for their robust financials, engaging job content in leading fields and strong public reputations.

Frank Ribuot, CEO of Randstad Australia, said companies need to pay attention to their public image and how this stacks up when compared to their employee experience.

“With Australia’s unemployment rate at 5 per cent, competition for top talent is fierce. Business leaders must put their best foot forward with a robust image that truly matches a great employee experience. Closing the gap between expectation and reality is what makes an attractive employer and where Qantas really excels, remaining squarely in the top three for four consecutive years.”

When it comes down to what really matters to Australians, work-life balance continues to be the single most important reason for employees to stay in their roles (54 per cent).

At a time of high employment and talent scarcity, one third (30 per cent) of people are planning to change roles within a year. Here, young workers (aged 18-24) are set to be the most transient (40 per cent).

“Workers are continuing to battle with work-life balance issues, particularly Gen Z. It’s their top reason for leaving a job. We need to listen and do more to retain good employees by delivering the trifecta of work-life balance, long-term job security and a competitive salary. Beyond this, employees want to be stimulated by their job and have a clear career path,” said Ribuot.

The Randstad Employer Brand Research recognises the top employers and industries in Australia, as well as employee sentiment about attractive qualities in a job, according to a survey of more than 10,861 Australians.

You can request a copy of the full report here 

Australia’s Top 20 Most Attractive Employers 2019

1. Qantas Airways (up to two places)

11. Federal Government (up two places)

2. Epworth Medical Foundation (up 41 places)

12. Healthe Care Australia (up four places)

3. Apple (down two places)

13. The University of Sydney (up 14 places)

4. PricewaterhouseCoopers (up 11 places)

14. The University of Queensland (up 50 places)

5. Tasmanian Government (up 42 places)

15. The University of New South Wales (down seven places)

6. Infosys Technologies Limited (not in top 150 in 2018)

16. Australian Red Cross Society (up 26 places)

7. The University of Melbourne (up 14 places)

17. Monash University (up 39 places)

8. Virgin Australia (down six places)

18. Boeing Australia (not in top 150 in 2018)

9. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (down three places)

19. G8 Education (down 10 places)

10. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (up 10 places)

20. Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (not in top 150 in 2018)


What Australian Workers Are Seeking From Work 2019

1. Work-life balance: 54%

6. Flexible arrangements: 34%

2. Salary and benefits 52%

7. Strong leadership: 33%

3. Job security: 47%

8. Location: 33%

4. Pleasant work atmosphere: 40%

9. Career progression: 31%

5. Good training: 36%

10. Financially healthy: 25%


Australia’s Top 10 Most Attractive Industries Awarded by Randstad in 2019

    1. Life Sciences
    1. Early Learning
    1. Technologies
    1. Education
    1. Professional, scientific & technical activities
    1. Public administration & defence
    1. Health & social work activities
    1. Engineering
    1. Professional services
    1. Retail



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