UNSW Sydney has been rated as one the top 10 most attractive places to work in Australia.

Recruitment and HR services company Randstad placed UNSW in 7th position overall in its annual Employer Brand Research Report, which ranks the country’s biggest companies by how appealing they appear to potential jobseekers.

Technology giant Apple was the most attractive employer in Australia, with UNSW ranked as the highest placed university on the list, ahead of the University of Melbourne in 16th.

Australia's top 20 employers

1. Apple

2. Virgin Australia

3. Qantas Airways

4. Competitive Foods Australia (Hungry Jack's, KFC)

5. Australian Broadcasting Commission

6. Wesfarmers (Coles, Kmart, Bunnings)

7. UNSW Sydney

8. JB Hi-Fi

9. Australia Post

10. Cabrini Health Limited

11. Australian Government

12. Queensland Government

13. PwC Australia

14. Healthe Care

15. RMIT

16. The University of Melbourne

17. IBM

18. NSW Government

19. Nestle

20. ACT Government

(Randstad 2018 Employer Brand Research Report)

The report was compiled from a phone survey of 9,555 randomly selected Australians who were asked for their perception of the 150 largest private and public employers (by workforce size) in the country.

The respondents were asked to identify the companies they recognised and to indicate whether they would like to work for them. In the next step, they evaluated the relative attractiveness of each of the selected companies based on 10 key factors including salary and benefits, work atmosphere and job content.

David Ward,  Vice-President of Human Resources at UNSW, said: “It is great to see UNSW recognised as such an attractive place to come and work. We have an ambitious, idealistic and exciting vision for UNSW in 2025 and are making real progress in achieving it.

“Through our teaching, research, partnerships and the enabling activities that support all of that work, we can genuinely be proud that by working at UNSW we are making a real difference to the world.

“The University provides great benefits for staff and we are absolutely committed to flexibility, progressing diversity and inclusion and supporting our staff to develop their careers. The myCareer process, staff tuition fee subsidy, the UNSW Behaviours (our Values In Action) and the Athena SWAN Action Plan are all great examples of recent initiatives of this.

“More than anything, though, it is the quality of our people that makes a difference – across our academic and professional staff we are fortunate to work with outstanding individuals and great teams every day and that is ultimately what makes UNSW such a great place to work.”

Work-life balance

Randstad’s Employer Brand Research Report is highly regarded, having been produced since 2000 and now covering more than 25 countries across the globe. UNSW was not placed in the top 20 of the Australian ranking last year.

Frank Ribuot, CEO of Randstad ANZ, SEA & India, said: “Randstad’s Employer Brand Research is the most comprehensive independent research on employer branding in the world. It provides unique insights into the world of work alongside employee and job seekers’ drivers and reveals the top employers and industries in Australia.

“Work-life balance is the single most important reason for more than half of employees to choose their employer, a consistent finding since 2016 but for the first time ever it tops the list of wishes from employees and job seekers.

“It increasingly demonstrates that workers aren’t solely focused on salary and long-term job security and it is the ability for companies to deliver genuine, consistent and balanced experiences that will prove to be the big winners in a competitive job market.”