PwC is Australia’s most desirable employer, according to Linkedin’s 2018 top companies list. That makes it two years running for PwC as the top place Australians want to work, according to the professional networking site’s rankings.

The Commonwealth Bank is second in 2018, up from fourth last year. Deloitte rose from 8th in 2017 to take third in this years rankings.

Each year LinkedIn ranks Australia’s most sought after companies to work for based on data and the billions of actions by the 500 million Linkedin members. Three traits stood out in particular for Australia’s top companies, LinkedIn said. The promotion of mental health, flexibility, and gender parity.

Linkedin’s Top Companies List 2018

1PwC Australia14Qantas
2Commonwealth Bank15ANZ
3Deloitte Australia16Origin Energy
4KPMG Australia17Oracle
5Westpac Group18Accenture Australia
6CIMIC Group19Rio Tinto
7Macquarie Group20Virgin Australia
9National Australia Bank22Wesfarmers
11BHP Billiton24Dell Technologies
12Downer25Laing O’Rourke

This years list is dominated by big accounting firms. KPMG ranked 4th in 2018, meaning three of the top five spots went to accounting firms.

According to LinkedIn, PwC stands out for employees because of its commitment to long and short term secondments to international offices and currently has 175 Australian employees on international assignment. PwC also does not uphold a minimum term of employment before being eligible for 18 weeks parental leave.

“What all these companies have in common is a strong employer brand – actively promoting diversity, wellbeing and flexibility,” said Jason Laufer, Asia Pacific Senior Director of Talent and Learning Solutions, LinkedIn.

“As well as being supportive and providing terrific perks to their teams, it makes great business sense. Employees who feel valued, happy and supported are less likely to leave an organisation, and more likely to promote the company to prospective employees,” he said.

According to Linkedin Australia managing editor, Nicolette Logue, the option to buy and sell annual leave is also an emerging trend for Australia’s top employers.

“From purchasing extra holiday leave to spend time with family or cashing in unused days to boost your pay packet – it’s this freedom and flexibility that means employees are better able to balance work and home commitments and ultimately feel happier as a result,” Logue said.

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