The top 10 companies Australians want to work for

You may be very surprised by the number 1 company

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LinkedIn has conducted a survey, analysing data points between members and companies and has come up with a list of the top companies Australians want to work for.

Perhaps surprisingly, tech giant Google is not at the head of the queue, but in third place. You'll have to read on to find out which company is the most sought-after by Australian employees.

So in reverse order, at number ten is giant accounting firm, Accenture, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

At nine we have our national carrier, Qantas Airways (ASX: QAN). Australians love to travel, and there's nothing better than working for a company that can offer employees very, very cheap flights.

In eighth place we have NBN Co Limited, the company in charge of rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Coming in at seven, we have global resources and energy services company Worley Parsons (ASX: WOR).

At six, we have our first US technology giant, Microsoft – which goes to show the old dog can still teach a few of the young startups a thing or too.

At five, we have energy and utilities provider Origin Energy (ASX: ORG). Origin has a diverse array of assets and businesses, from participation in an LNG plant in Queensland, to drilling wells in the Cooper basin, as well as selling various forms of energy to residential customers.

At four, we have a company many Australians would probably have never heard of. John Holland, a subsidiary of Leighton Holdings (ASX: LEI), and a contracting and engineering firm, with more than  6,500 employees.

In third place we have tech giant Google. What more can you say about the company whose name has been added to the English dictionary because it is so popular?

Placing for a silver medal is another of Leighton Holdings subsidiaries. This time its Leighton Contractors, with more than 14,000 employees providing services to infrastructure, mining, construction, energy and health care sectors to name but a few.

And in first place its mining giant Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO). Officially a UK company with headquarters in London, Rio is the world's second-largest iron ore miner, behind Brazilian giant Vale.

Foolish takeaway

It seems that Australia's economic focus on mining and resources means most Australians would be looking for work in those sectors, unlike the tech company dominance in the United States.

Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Leighton Holdings.

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