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The pharmaceutical sector remains the most attractive sector, and for the fifth time, the pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica was voted the most attractive employer in Belgium. GSK and Estée Lauder also feature in the top 10. Among the sectors, the chemical industry ranks 7th out of the 22 industries surveyed. These are the findings of HR service provider Randstad’s latest employer brand survey. 

Each year, Randstad conducts a survey to find out which sectors and companies are the most attractive employers. This year the survey was conducted with more than 14,000 Belgians and covered 22 sectors and 182 companies with more than 1,000 employees. 

Pharma leading the way 

For the 20th time in 21 editions, pharmaceuticals is the most popular sector. More than 43% of respondents would like to work in the sector, particularly due to the prospects, financial stability and good reputation of the sector. Aviation and the media join the top three. 

Chemicals, on the way up 

The chemicals sector moved up from ninth to seventh place with a score of 35.2%. This is 2.3 percentage points better than last year. The sector scored particularly high on the criteria of wages and working conditions, and came ahead of the automotive, construction and food sectors. 

Janssen Pharmaceutica, the most attractive employer, once again 

The pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica has been voted the most appealing employer for the fifth time, making it an absolute record holder. Of those who know the company, more than half say they would like to work there. It is also the only company to have consistently remained in the top 10 since the survey began in 2000. Last year, Janssen also won the Randstad Special Award for the most attractive employer of the last decade. 

Estée Lauder and GSK are popular with women 

Some companies in the sector score remarkably high in certain sub-categories. For example, Estée Lauder is the most attractive employer to women, followed by GSK, and the second most attractive to 18-30 year olds. The pharmaceutical company GSK is also the second most attractive employer for people aged 51 and over and for students in higher education. 

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