Canva named among Australia’s top companies for career growth in 2024

Above: Canva co-founders Cameron Adams, Cliff Obrecht, and Melanie Perkins

LinkedIn has unveiled its 8th annual Top Companies List – a data-backed ranking of the 25 best employers to grow a career in Australia right now.

This year’s list has seen Commonwealth Bank take out the top spot, with Canva making its debut at number nine – the first time the online design and visual communication platform has moved from the top startup companies list.

Fuelled by unique LinkedIn data, the methodology looks at different aspects of career progression like how employees are getting promoted, adding new skills, gender diversity and more.

Here are this year’s 25 top companies in Australia:

  1. Commonwealth Bank
  2. NAB
  3. Telstra
  4. Australian Super
  5. Rest
  6. Alphabet Inc
  7. Atlassian
  8. Danaher Corporation
  9. Canva
  10. Adobe
  11. ANZ
  12. SAP
  13. McKinsey & Company
  14. Optus
  15. ServiceNow
  16. ResMed
  17. Mastercard
  18. Powerlink Queensland
  19. Amazon
  20. Volvo Group
  21. Team Global Express
  22. Medtronic
  23. EY
  24. Halliburton
  25. Vestas

Cayla Dengate, LinkedIn career expert and senior news editor, said this year’s list of top companies demonstrate that investing in the employee experience is vital in today’s employment landscape.

“Whether it’s launching learning initiatives, such as upskilling their staff in artificial intelligence, or flexible work arrangements, companies that are at the forefront in these areas not only attract but also retain workers in our rapidly evolving workplaces.

“LinkedIn’s Top Companies list is a resource for job seekers and career builders to identify companies that set workers up for success, explore open jobs, connect with people they may know and more.

“Fourteen of the top 25 companies are new to the list in 2024, indicating a growing focus among employers on building long-term success with their employees. And with the skills needed for a job in Australia set to change by 66 per cent by 2030 due to the impact of technologies like AI, it’s now more critical than ever that companies invest in their people’s growth and enhance their skills.”

Canva’s global head of people Jennie Rogerson said the the company is widening the pool for candidates, saying “In order to empower the world to design, we believe in the importance of having a team who represent our users around the world. To do this, we aim to hire the best from a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds across industries.

“We’ve designed our hiring processes around this, including removing degree requirements from our jobs, and using an interviewing approach grounded in transferrable skills from any industry you come from. As someone who has come from hospitality into tech, I have a lot of empathy for how hard the jump can be. My advice would be to focus efforts on the challenges you’d like to help solve, and getting clear on articulating the skills you have and what this means for the resulting impact you can offer.”

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