Gold mining company Newcrest Mining has been nominated as Australia's most attractive employer for 2012 at the second annual awards of international recruitment firm Randstad.


National broadcaster ABC took second position in the Randstad Awards, while third place went to 2011 winner, Virgin Australia .


The awards were made to companies that were voted the most attractive by more than 7,000 Australians of working age.


Newcrest Mining also took top honours in the mining and natural resources category and Westpac winning the banking and financial services category award.


In addition to being recognised as Australia's second most attractive employer, the ABC also received special recognition for offering the best work-life balance  opportunities, and BHP Billiton was given special acknowledgement for having the strongest leadership and management in the country, according to the 7,000 participants.


Randstad CEO, Fred van der Tang, commended the winning companies on their victories, paying special tribute to Newcrest Mining, which performed particularly well when it came to people looking for a competitive salary and employee benefits, interesting job content, long-term job security, excellent training and development and career progression opportunities.


"With the mining boom in full swing in Australia and companies all searching for people in the same talent pool, it's clearly a competitive environment. Being the country's largest gold producer, a global top 10 gold mining company, and having a strong employer brand,  working for Newcrest Mining is definitely seen as a very appealing and attractive employment option for many Aussies," says van der Tang.


"Over the last two years we've run the Randstad Awards and employer branding research in Australia, companies in the mining and travel industries have consistently performed well and are being perceived as attractive places to work. Testament to their perceived attractiveness, a quarter of the Top 20 most attractive employers in this year's results findings are mining and resources companies with two travel companies also featuring," said Mr van der Tang.