Universities flying high, but Qantas takes top spot in Randstad top 20 employers ranking

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Qantas has topped the rankings for the most attractive place to work, up two places from 2018, in global recruitment firm Randstad’s Employer Brand Research ranking 2019.

Apple came in third spot, slipping two spots to fall behind Melbourne’s Epworth HealthCar,e which lept up the rankings 41 places to second place.

Compare that to last year when Apple ranked top spot followed by Qantas and Virgin.

According to Randstad, for the first time life sciences have topped the lists for the most attractive industries to work in, above early learning and technology.

Frank Ribuot, CEO of Randstad Australia, said in a statement that companies need to pay attention to their public image and how it compared to their 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,” he said.

“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.

Five of the top 20 ‘companies’ were universities, while only one of the Big Four accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), came in for a mention.

According to 2018 labour force turnover data from pro-business body Ai group, released in September last year, 8.1 per cent of Australian workers changed jobs in the year to Febuary 2018, with hospitality, admin and media and communications the industries most likely to experience staff turnover.

Randstad said 30 per cent of those they surveyed planned on changing their roles within a year, suggesting smay not mean it when they threaten to throw it all in.

54% of respondents said work-life balance was the most important reason to stay in their jobs, followed by ‘salary and benefits’ (52%), and job security (47%).

Whether their work had a “pleasant atmosphere” was rated at number four, with 40 per cent saying they stayed because of it.

“Workers are continuing to battle with work-life balance issues, particularly Gen Z. It’s their top reason for leaving a job,” said Randstad CEO Frank Ribout.

“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.”