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Tech tops in Australia’s Best Places to Work

Published 22 June 2012 00:06, Updated 22 June 2012 04:11

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Tech tops in Australia’s Best Places to Work

Head in the clouds? ... Tech companies are typecast as indulging employees with beanbags and air hockey tables, but whatever the formula is, it’s working, according to BRW’s Best Places to Work.

The technology sector has dominated BRW’s list of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2012, with seven tech outfits featuring in the top 10 spots.

The performance backs up a similarly strong showing for technology companies in 2011 and cements the industry’s position as Australia’s employer of choice for top quality talent.

In all, technology and biotech companies took out 20 places in the top 50 as some of the sector’s biggest names duked it out with small players for the right to call themselves Australia’s best place to work.

Topping the list overall is Melbourne-based Microsoft consultancy OBS, which has been a regular member of the top 10 since 2009. OBS knocked of last year’s best place to work, Google Australia, to secure the No. 1 rank.

Google Australia came in at three, along with other familiar top 10 tech faces including NetApp, E-Web Marketing, Altis Consulting and Atlassian. Tech companies that made the 10 who weren’t there last year included customer management outfit

Tech companies have long enjoyed a reputation as great employers, but in Australia the results skew much more heavily to the sector than in the world’s home of technology innovation, the US, where Fortune’s list of the 100 best companies to work has a broader mix of businesses in the top 10.

Google and NetApp feature both in BRW’s top 10 Best Places to Work and Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

But IT companies may not want to rest to heavily on their laurels as a Computerworld survey shows that in the US at least, the companies that are rated the best places to work in information technology aren’t necessarily in the tech sector.

Instead, Computerworld’s100 Best Places to Work in IT 2012 features two financial services companies, a food manufacturer, a careers website and an online mortgage broker in the top 5.