The brands people would most like to work for in 25 countries globally were revealed today with the announcement of the winners of the Global Randstad Award 2016. Country winners ranged from Google, IKEA, and BMW to Hewlett Packard, Suntory and IBM.

The Randstad Award is the world’s biggest employer branding survey, polling over 200,000 respondents in 25 countries that cover 75% of the global economy. It asks respondents to rate the attractiveness of their country’s largest employers (for the winners of all 25 countries, see below.


  1. Argentina - Hewlett-Packard
  2. Malaysia - Shell
  3. Australia - Virgin Australia
  4. Netherlands -Schiphol Airport (profit); TNO (non-profit)
  5. Belgium -GSK
  6. New Zealand - Department of Conservation
  7. Canada - Canadian Solar
  8. Poland - KGHM Polska Miedź
  9. China - IBM
  10. Portugal - TAP
  11. France - Dassault Aviation
  12. Russia (via Ancor) - Gazprom
  13. Germany - BMW
  14. Singapore - Changi Airport Group
  15. Hong Kong SAR - CLP
  16. Spain - IBM
  17. Hungary - Audi
  18. Sweden - IKEA
  19. India - Google
  20. Switzerland - Google
  21. Italy - Ferrero
  22. UK - Rolls-Royce Group
  23. Japan - Suntory
  24. USA - The Walt Disney Company
  25. Luxembourg - RTL Group

As in the previous two years, IT is the most popular sector with survey respondents globally. The second most popular sector is Consulting, with Life Sciences in third place.

global employer or employee disconnect?

But large brands globally should beware an emerging employer/employee disconnect: while global survey respondents cited salary & benefits, long-term job security, and a pleasant working atmosphere as their top priorities, these were qualities that far fewer associated with working for a large company (see table, below).

global employer or employee disconnect?

Employees globally seek… Employers globally score best on…
Salary & employee benefits
Financial health
Long-term job security
Strong management
Pleasant working atmosphere
Good training
Good work/life balance
Salary & employee benefits
Financial health
Career progression opportunities
Career progression opportunities
Long-term job security
Interesting job content
Interesting job content
Good training
Pleasant working atmosphere
Strong management
Corporate social responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
Good work-life balance
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The purpose of our annual employer branding research is to identify the companies around the world that have the most attractive brands in the eyes of potential job seekers, along with the sectors people want to work in. The winners of the Randstad Award clearly have robust and effective branding that is striking the right chord with people in their respective countries. In terms of sectors, IT remains the standout winner, ranking the most popular sector for the third year in a row. But if there’s one area where brands overall could improve, it’s focusing more on the qualities that people look for most in a prospective employer.

Jacques van den Broek
Randstad CEO

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