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Tech businesses dominate the top 50 workplace list

Melbourne IT services group OBS has been named Australia’s Best Workplace for 2012, in a list dominated by businesses in technology sector.

After four years near the top of the BRW list, OBS has finally claimed top spot, followed by NetApp, which gives its employees the chance to interview potential coworkers in a bid to maintain the culture, and Google, which offers eighteen weeks maternity leave at full pay.

The list is determined by the Great Place to Work Institute, with 291 companies entering this year’s survey and over 68,000 employees responding.

Two thirds of a company’s score is derived from its employee responses to the survey, while the rest of the score is taken from the company’s demonstration of its workplace culture.

Participation was open to companies with at least 35 full time or part time employees, including public or private companies, non-profit organisations, multinational branch officer, associations and government bodies.

A new addition to the list this year is Kikki.K, which has entered the top 50 as one of only a handful of retailers on the list.

CEO Paul Lacy believes the company is an attractive place to work because it’s a family business.

The company provides a three-month supply of nappies for team members with newborns, a paid day of ‘Birthday Leave’, and subsidised travel costs to Sweden, where the brand’s design influence lies.

Australia’s top 20 employers for 2012 are:

1. OBS

2. NetApp Australia

3. Google

4. e-Web Marketing

5. Altis Consulting

6. Salesforce.com

7. Cordelta

8. The Physio Co

9. Atlassian

10. TRC Group

11. McAfee Australia

12. Amgen Australia

13. Ikon Communications

14. Diageo Australia

15. Mediacom

16. MRWED Group

17. RedBallon

18. C3 Business Solutions

19. Silver Chef

20. Dale Alcock Homes

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Gina Baldassarre

Gina Baldassarre

Gina is a journalist at Dynamic Business. She enjoys learning to ice skate and collecting sappy inspirational quotes.

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