Virgin Australia has been crowned Australia’s second most attractive employer behind tech company Apple. Rival airline, Qantas, was hot on Virgin’s heals coming in as the third most attractive place to work.

The results are part of global recruitment agency, Randstad’s annual employer brand research.

This year they surveyed around 10,000 Australians to uncover the nation’s top employers and industries and gauge employee sentiment towards attractive qualities in a job.

The Flying Kangaroo slipped down the ranks this year with Qantas taking out the most attractive company in the 2017 Randstad Awards. Meanwhile, Virgin has moved up, after coming in fourth place last year.

This year also marks the first time in four years that technology has outshined the aviation sector as the most attractive industry in Australia.

So what has changed?


Frank Ribuot, CEO of Randstad Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India said it had a little something to do with the way that technology was now ingrained into our everyday lives.

“From ordering food on the fly, to searching the latest jobs, the whole world is just a few taps away from your fingertips. Apple has led the technology revolution, so it’s no surprise that Aussies looking to ride the wave of innovation see the Californian tech giant and the technology sector in general as a great place to develop their careers.”

Frank Ribuot, CEO of Randstad Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India.

Randstad’s research also identified what job seekers and employees look for in an employer. While innovation is increasingly important to Aussies, work-life balance is the single most important reason (54%) for employees to choose their employer.


Let’s take a look at the top 10 most attractive companies, as voted by Aussies.

1. Apple
2. Virgin Australia
3. Qantas
4. Competitive Foods Australia
5. ABC
6. Wesfarmers
9. Australia Post
10. Cabrini


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