If you're job hunting Down Under, you'll be up against stiff competition for roles in financial services.
Companies in that sector were the most popular with job seekers in Australia, according to a LinkedIn study released on Monday.
Using data culled from its 400 million-plus membership base, the social network compiled a list of the 25 "Top Attractors" in countries including Australia, Brazil, France, India, the U.K. and the U.S. LinkedIn looked at three key factors: which companies attracted the most interest from job-seekers, the most actual job applications, and the most loyal new-hires.
In Australia, 12 out of the top 25 companies were financial players, with accountancy firm KPMG in the top spot, followed by rival PwC in second place and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Australia's biggest bank, in third. Rounding up the top five were supermarket chain Coles and another accountancy firm, Deloitte.
A focus on flexible working schedules and unique perks were the key factors behind the industry's popularity.
"Flexibility is a theme across the Australia list...The companies on the top seem to be in competition with each other to offer greater flexibility," a LinkedIn spokesperson told CNBC, referring to "All Roles Flex," a workplace philosophy that aims to make all roles flexible by default, offering opportunities to working remotely, part-time or non-standard hours.
PwC implemented the policy for its 6,000 Australian workers last year, with some employees scheduling four longer days instead of five regular ones, while others preferred to work three days in the office and two from home, the LinkedIn spokesperson said.
"Westpac went even further, deciding to scrap assigned desks in some of its offices, allowing employees to choose when and where they worked - whether that's a seat with a view near the windows, or a quiet conference room table," the spokesperson added.
Westpac, one of the country's Big Four lenders alongside CBA, ranked sixth on the list.
Valuable savings on banking products and services such as discounted mortgage rates were also an attractive benefit across financial industry players, LinkedIn said.
In fact, Australia boasted some of the most competitive perks of all countries surveyed by LinkedIn.
Vodafone, in 19th place, recently introduced a four-day work week for new parents during their first six months back at work after having a new baby, while airlinesQantas and Virgin Australia offered employees heavily discounted flights.
"And only in Australia, for instance, do we see multiple companies offering domestic violence support," LinkedIn said.
Here's a look at the full list:
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Virgin Australia
- REA Group
- Bank of Queensland
- Vodafone Australia
- Woolworth's Limited
- Australia New Zealand Banking Group
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