Randstad placed UNSW in 15th position overall, with Qantas soaring above the competition to be named Australia’s most desirable place to work.
The rankings are based on the perceptions of over 10,000 members of the general public, designed to uncover how employers are perceived in the eyes of job seekers and potential employees.
David Ward, Vice-President of Human Resources at UNSW Sydney, said: “This achievement reflects the University’s talented community of academics, professionals and researchers who we are fortunate to work with. They are the ones who make-up the diverse, welcoming and open culture that is ultimately what makes UNSW such a great place to work.
“The University provides great benefits for staff and we are committed to flexibility, progressing equity, diversity and inclusion and supporting individuals to develop their careers personally and professionally.”
The research showed an upwards trend in the popularity of the higher education sector, with UNSW joining five other Australian universities in the top 20 including University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and Monash University, all of which are in the Group of Eight.
The research looks at what people find attractive in an employer, specifically top companies, sectors and attributes of employer preference, including salary, career progression and training. It also looked at the factors that motivate employees to stay with an organisation.
Work-life balance was found to be the single most important reason for employees to stay in their roles.
This was followed by attractive salary and benefits, job security, a pleasant work atmosphere and good training.
Randstad’s Employer Brand Research Report is highly regarded, having been produced since 2000 and now covering more than 25 countries around the world.