For the second year in a row, Vodafone is proud to announce we’ve ‘made the cut’ – we’ve made LinkedIn’s prestigious Top Companies List. So how did we get here, and what makes Vodafone Australia an employer of choice? Vanessa Hicks, General Manager of HR at Vodafone talks to LinkedIn to find out.

In 2017, Vodafone has moved up a spot, ranking 18 out of Australia’s top 25 companies by LinkedIn. The list, released this morning, cites opportunities for career growth and a number of cultural initiatives as driving factors that make us an employer of choice for Australians:

Family building: A new global parental leave policy offers mandatory minimum benefits, including 16 weeks of full pay; employees then receive full pay for a 30-hour week for the first six months after returning to work.

Time off: After one year at the company, employees receive three extra days of leave. For employees with three or more years or service, it’s an additional five days.

So, how is the list determined?

Rather than relying on questionnaires, the Top Companies list measures the actual behaviour of job seekers, says LinkedIn. “The list is fuelled by exclusive LinkedIn data of 500+ million professionals on four core areas: job seeker reach, engagement, job interest, and retention, paired with an editorial lens. We measured the data from March 2016 to March 2017, and the list is based entirely on the actions of jobseekers and professionals, highlighting the companies that are most sought-after today.”

We’re absolutely committed to making Vodafone one of the best places to work for current and future employees. Recognition like this from LinkedIn demonstrates that we’re creating the right experience for candidates and employees.

Why Vodafone?

Vodafone provides a fast-paced environment, which means people have some great opportunities to develop in their role and their career. Technology allows people to do amazing things and our employees know they have an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, particularly through the work of the Vodafone Foundation. Our culture, guided by our values, includes an unwavering commitment to inclusiveness, diversity and flexibility – we want people to be themselves at work, as reflects the incredible diversity and unique needs of our customers.

“Australia’s Top Companies all have a strong employer brand that is central to their recruitment,” says LinkedIn. “We know that a company’s culture and purpose are key drivers for attracting great talent, but also retaining employees.”

Culture matters

It’s no surprise that Australia’s Top Companies share a strong focus on culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Vodafone has invested significantly in leadership development, ensuring that our leaders are enabling their people to be their best. We’re strongly focused on employment engagement and eNPS, and have achieved significant improvements in both metrics recently. Over the last year, we’ve also been focused on the way we work, enabling our people to be more flexible, agile and collaborative. This includes moving to new offices in North Sydney, with activity-based workspaces.

What do candidates want?

The way people are working is really changing. People want greater work-life balance, which isn’t just for parents and carers, but for people who are studying or who have a ‘side interest’. People want to work with great leaders, and to feel enabled to be the best they can be in their career.

Want to work at Vodafone? Look at our available positions or register your interest on our careers page.

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Vanessa Hicks

HR Director

Vanessa Hicks,
HR Director