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Australia's 25 best startups to work for in 2021

(Source: Getty, Koala)
(Source: Getty, Koala)

LinkedIn has crunched the data and named the best 25 Aussie startups to work for – and they’re not all tech-related, either.

In fact, Australians will be familiar with many of the names on this list, which include Koala (the mattresses that come in a box), HR platform EmploymentHero, digital banks Judo Bank and Volt Bank (two of the few remaining neobanks), and me&u, the app that lets to you order and pay from the restaurant table.

Crypto punters will also know of Swyftx, an Australian-grown cryptocurrency exchange that has grown from 18 employees to more than 100 in the last financial year.

Taking the coveted top spot is a boutique investment firm called Sayers, which is named after its founder and former PwC CEO Luke Sayers. The company describes itself as a “modern advisory and investment business designed for the new economy”, and also has a slick, futuristic-feeling website to boot.

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LinkedIn’s list this year considered four key things: interest from jobseekers, employee growth, employee engagement, and how well the start-up was able to pull talent from big companies.

The companies also had to be seven years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, and headquartered in Australia.

LinkedIn News Australia managing editor Capucine Yeomans said 2021 had forced a rethink on “not just how we work, but why we work”.

“Professionals are asking themselves the question ‘What’s next?’ driven by changing priorities in their work and life,” she said.

“Startups are a great place to turn to achieve the flexibility they are looking for and career growth with the opportunity to contribute to innovation.”

Even experienced professionals are making the shift to start-ups, Yeomans added, with Australian startup employees having the most experience – 9.1 years – among 26 countries.

Three colleagues sitting in colorful chairs and talking with each other during a meeting in a bright and modern office environment.
These startups have been named for pulling top talent from major organisations. (Source: Getty)

Here’s the full list of Linkedin’s top 25 startups to work for in 2021:

  1. Sayers (investment management)

  2. Employment Hero (HR)

  3. Koala (retail)

  4. Mr Yum (food and beverages)

  5. Eucalyptus (healthcare tech)

  6. Barrenjoey (financial services)

  7. Judo Bank (banking)

  8. Linktree (internet)

  9. Shippit (computer software)

  10. Brighte (financial services)

  11. Kapitol Group (construction)

  12. Volt Bank (banking)

  13. Impressive (digital marketing, advertising)

  14. Thinkerbell (digital marketing)

  15. WithYouWithMe (IT recruitment)

  16. Hireup (recruitment, disability services)

  17. me&u (restaurants, hospitality)

  18. LAB3 (IT services)

  19. Payright (financial services)

  20. Roberts Co (construction)

  21. Willow (IT services)

  22. Swyftx (cryptocurrency exchange)

  23. Valiant Finance (financial services)

  24. Lexicon Digital (IT services)

  25. GROW (blockchain technology)

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