Alcoa s Wagerup refinery south of Perth. Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian.
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery south of Perth. Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian.

Bauxite miner Alcoa has been voted WA's most attractive employer, narrowly beating mining giant BHP Billiton and the national broadcaster ABC, according to a survey by recruitment company Randstad

The Randstad Award winner for WA was announced in Perth this morning in front of leading public and private sector organisations, revealing which employers and industries were deemed the most attractive by more than 960 of the state's workers.

Randstad WA operations director of recruitment Todd Allen said Alcoa ranked extremely favourably across key criteria with locals including competitive salaries and strong employee benefits, good training and career progression opportunities, and providing interesting job content.

"Alcoa's efforts are paying dividends for their employer brand and the perceptions of the organisation amongst jobseekers and the wider public," he said.

The survey also found the most attractive industry to work for in WA was mining and natural resources, followed by fast-moving consumer goods and design engineering.

Almost two thirds (61 per cent) of Australians identified competitive salary and employee benefits as the most attractive attributes in an employer, followed by long-term job security, (55 per cent), pleasant working atmosphere (50 per cent); good work-life balance (47 per cent) and interesting job content (41 per cent).

Working for a business that is conveniently located is also high on the list according to 37 per cent of Australians.

According to 56 per cent of respondents in Perth, it is acceptable to travel between 15-30 minutes to get to work each day and 41 per cent complete their commute in this timeframe.

One third (32 per cent) take less than 15 minutes to get to work, but 21 per cent believe it is acceptable to travel up to 45 minutes and a further 17 per cent believed it acceptable to travel up to one hour every morning.

The West Australian

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