Changi Airport Group crowned most preferred employer in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport Group has been named as the most attractive employer in Singapore at this year's Randstad Award.

The annual award, which is into its fifth year here and its 16th edition globally, was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands tonight (April 7).

Changi Airport Group, which came in third and second in 2014 and 2015 respectively, finally took the throne this year, Randstad Singapore said in a statement.

Changi Airport Group chief executive officer Lee Seow Hiang said: "As a corporatised entity of only six years old, we are by any measure still a very young company. This recognition is therefore an encouragement for us."

Randstad said that Changi Airport Group came in first in many categories, including financial health, good training, long-term job security, strong management, pleasant working atmosphere and environmental and social awareness.

In second place this year is last year's winner, Procter & Gamble, which was ranked first for career progression opportunities and good work-life balance this year. ExxonMobil, in third place, was ranked first for salary and employee benefits.

Randstad said that 5,000 employees and job-seekers between the ages of 18 and 65 were surveyed and asked to identify companies that they recognise from a list of 75 in the country, and to indicate if they would like to work for them. "This is then followed up with an evaluation of attractiveness factors, such as salary, benefits, work atmosphere and job content, for each of the companies," it said.

The award is not open for nomination and results are based "solely on the opinions and votes of the local workforce".

The most attractive employer in the property and real estate sector was CapitaLand, which clinched the sixth place in the ranking. OCBC emerged as the winner in the banking and financial services sector.

Singapore Airlines, which won three years in a row between 2012 and 2014, was inducted into Randstad's "Hall of Fame" last year, and thus could only participate in the award again in 2018, Randstad said in the statement.