Canada's Best Employers: Randstad Survey Names WestJet Most Attractive Place To Work

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/18/2012 2:01 pm

WestJet is Canada’s most attractive employer, says a survey from a human resources services company.

The Calgary-based airline was the top choice among 150 companies voted on by 7,000 people in the survey from Randstad Canada, beating out steel and mining company ArcelorMittal (second) and aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney (third).

Westjet topped two of 10 attractiveness categories -- a pleasant work environment and interesting job content.

PHOTOS: CANADA'S 10 MOST ATTRACTIVE EMPLOYERS

Beer and air travel were two noticeable themes among preferred employers, with both Molson Coors and Brewers Retail, owner of Ontario's Beer Store chain, making the list. Aside from WestJet, travel company and charter airline Transat also made the top 10.

Some of the survey’s other findings:

-- Job security is the most important factor for employees when it comes to an employer’s attractiveness, with 65 per cent listing it as a factor. In second place was a competitive salary and benefits (61 per cent), a pleasant work atmosphere (54 per cent), the financial health of the organization (45 per cent) and career progression opportunities (36 per cent).

-- Engineering is the most attractive sector in Canada, with 48 per cent expressing an interest in it. That’s followed by high tech manufacturing (47.5 per cent) and transport and logistics (46.4 per cent).

The survey sampled some 7,000 people on their perceptions of companies, and included only enterprises that operate in Canada and have more than 1,000 employees.

CANADA'S 10 MOST ATTRACTIVE EMPLOYERS

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  • 10. Brewers Retail

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 9. Suncor Energy Inc.

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 8. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 7. Thomson Reuters

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 6. Indigo Books & Music Inc.

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 5. Pratt & Whitney

    A Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine is displayed at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 15, 2012. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)<br> <br> Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 4. Bombardier Inc.

    Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 3. IBM Canada

    A Jan. 13, 2011 file photo provided by IBM shows the IBM computer system known as Watson at IBM's T.J. Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (AP Photo/IBM)<br> <br> Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 2. Transat A.T.

    Air Transat showing off their first newly appointed cabin interior for their Airbus A330. (The Canadian Press Images-Mario Beauregard) Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • 1. WestJet

    Photo: miguelb via Flickr Source: <a href="http://www.randstadaward.ca/En/randstad-award-winners-2013.aspx" target="_blank">Randstad Canada</a>

  • Next: Canada's Best Jobs 2013

  • 12: Natural & applied science researcher

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 73% Change in salary (2006-2012): 25% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.8 Median annual salary (2012): $73,590

  • 11: Audiologist & speech language pathologist

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 29% Change in salary (2006-2012): 21% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.93 Median annual salary (2012): $77,813

  • 10: Aerospace engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 49% Change in salary (2006-2012): 11% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.02 Median annual salary (2012): $75,005

  • 9: Chemical engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 46% Change in salary (2006-2012): 49% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.82 Median annual salary (2012): $78,000

  • 8: Senior government manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 4% Change in salary (2006-2012): 23% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.15 Median annual salary (2012): $95,992

  • 7: Real estate and financial manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 47% Change in salary (2006-2012): 15% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.07 Median annual salary (2012): $79,872

  • 6: Lawyer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 33% Change in salary (2006-2012): 14% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.19 Median annual salary (2012): $79,997

  • 5: School principal & administrator

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 9% Change in salary (2006-2012): 25% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.23 Median annual salary (2012): $90,002

  • 4: Electrical & telecommunications contractor

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 87% Change in salary (2006-2012): 28% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.09 Median annual salary (2012): $72,800

  • 3: Petroleum engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 75% Change in salary (2006-2012): 17% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.02 Median annual salary (2012): $93,517

  • 2: Head nurse and health care manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 58% Change in salary (2006-2012): 24% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.23 Median annual salary (2012): $74,880

  • 1: Oil & gas drilling supervisor

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 44% Change in salary (2006-2012): 39% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 2.3 Median annual salary (2012): $74,880

  • EARLIER ON HUFFPOST: The best industries in Canada to find a job

  • WORST: Administrative & support - 6

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Manufacturing - 4.3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Education - 4.3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Construction - 3.9

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Retail trade - 3.4

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Professional, scientific & technical - 3.2

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Accommodation and food services - 3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Wholesale trade - 2

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • BEST: Health care, social assistance - 1.4

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • EARLIER ON HUFFPOST: The best provinces in Canada to find a job

  • WORST: Newfoundland & Labrador - 12.4

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 12: Nova Scotia - 10.8

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 11: Nunvaut - 9.7

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 10: New Brunswick - 8.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 9: Prince Edward Island - 7.4

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 8: Quebec - 6.9

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 7: Ontario - 6.8

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: The Ottawa Congress Centre.

  • 6: British Columbia - 5.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 5: Manitoba - 3.5

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg.

  • 4: Yukon - 3.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 3: Northwest Territories - 2.9

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: Yellowknife

  • 2: Saskatchewan - 2.1

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 1: Alberta - 1.7

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

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