Airline Qantas named Australia's "most attractive" employer
CANBERRA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Australian airline and national flag carrier Qantas has edged out the Victorian state government and national public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), to be named Australia's most attractive employer by employment firm Randstad.
In a statement released on Friday, Randstad announced that Qantas had beaten last year's winner, competitor Virgin Australia, and was most popular in two key age demographics for its "innovation with technology, financial health and strong reputation."
Randstad chief executive Frank Ribuot said his firm had analyzed Australia's 150 biggest employers to determine those which have the best conditions, scope for growth and financial stability.
He added that the aviation industry was the most popular among the almost 8,000 jobseekers polled for the fourth straight year.
"It's no surprise that the aviation industry continues to be named the most attractive sector year after year," Ribuot said on Friday.
"Aussies love to travel and working for an airline offers not only the opportunity to travel the world, but also financial compensation and real opportunities for career development."
According to Randstad, workers considered a fair work-life balance to be the most attractive part of potential employment, while long-term job security, scope for growth and a happy workplace not far behind.
Ribuot said some employers in Australia weren't offering "enough balance" between work and life.
"Unfortunately, employers aren't always offering enough balance, which creates a gap between what employees are seeking and what employers are actually offering," Ribuot said.
"Companies that are able to recognize and bridge the gap will be able to attract and retain the best talent."
Qantas edged out the Victorian government and the ABC for the honor, while Virgin Australia and engineering consultant GHD rounded out the top five.