LinkedIn reveals ‘most sought-after’ companies


PwC has topped LinkedIn’s list of top 25 Australian companies for 2017, with second, third and fourth places going to KPMG, Westpac Group and The Commonwealth Bank.

The list is a showcase of the companies that are ‘most sought-after’ by professionals, based on data collected by the network, including actions by its members.

“It is interesting to note that all the new additions to the list for 2017, including Westpac and CIMIC group who are in the top ten, are Australian-born, reflecting Australian professionals’ desire to work for homegrown companies” said Jason Laufer, Director of Talent and Learning Solutions at LinkedIn, Australia and New Zealand.

“Australia’s top companies all have a strong employer brand that is central to their recruitment. We know that a company’s culture and purpose are key drivers for attracting great talent, but also retaining employees. Companies that are developing and sharing content through their employees’ networks are actively demonstrating their employer brand to potential candidates.”

“Many of the top companies…have one thing in common: they reward their employees well. From some offering birthday leave to wellbeing programs and an open dress code, corporate culture has become overloaded with perks and gifts in order to help their workers stay in the company and grow within it too. The most common perks include flexible working hours and parental support.”

Laufer identified some of the interesting things that the top 25 companies are giving their employees:

  • PwC has a strong focus on flexibility and offers ‘floating public holidays’ which allows employees to pick whether they take state-based public holidays off, or choose another day instead.
  • REA Group has created a space in their Melbourne office built for welcoming dogs, so that employees could bring their pets to work on certain days.
  • CottonOn encourages their staff to take ‘Empower Hours’ so they can go out and do their own thing such as surfing before work.

“It’s not just perks that differentiates these companies,” Laufer added. “They are also helping their employees transform by providing the opportunity to work on meaningful projects and creating an environment that encourages them to innovate and take intelligent risks.”

The full list of LinkedIn’s Top Companies 2017 is below:

  1. PWC Australia
  2. KPMG Australia
  3. Westpac group
  4. Commonwealth Bank
  5. Wesfarmers
  6. Qantas
  7. CIMIC Group
  8. Deloitte Australia
  9. Macquarie Group
  10. Telstra
  11. Virgin Australia
  12. Suncorp Group
  13. Scentre Group
  14. Downer
  15. Lendlease
  16. REA Group
  17. AMP
  18. Vodafone Australia
  19. National Australia Bank
  20. Origin Energy
  21. Cotton On Group
  22. Lion
  23. Woolworths Group
  24. BHP
  25. Bank of Queensland

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