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Defence industry professionals list most attractive primes for employment

Defence industry professionals have outlined their preferred primes for employment in Defence Connect’s inaugural Australian Defence Industry Report.

Defence industry professionals have outlined their preferred primes for employment in Defence Connect’s inaugural Australian Defence Industry Report.

Defence Connect released findings from its inaugural Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Report this week, capturing insights from defence industry professionals into the experiences, attitudes, and perceptions of working with the industry’s prime contractors.

Defence Connect can now reveal the top 20 prime contractors ranked by employment attractiveness among industry professionals, with survey respondents asked the question, “If you ever decide to work at a prime, which primes would you most likely consider?”


Survey results have found that BAE Systems Australia and Boeing Defence Australia were ranked as the most attractive employers in the industry, with 28 per cent and 26 per cent of survey respondents, respectively, indicating their willingness to find work with the two prime contractors.

According to the survey, the top 20 defence contractors by attractiveness for industry professionals for employment are as follows:

  1. BAE Systems Australia – 28 per cent
  2. Boeing Defence Australia – 26 per cent
  3. Lockheed Martin Australia – 23 per cent
  4. Thales Australia Limited – 20 per cent
  5. Raytheon Technologies – 17 per cent
  6. Northrop Grumman Australia – 14 per cent
  7. SAAB Australia – 13 per cent
  8. Rheinmetall Defence Australia – 12 per cent
  9. Airbus Australia Pacific – 11 per cent
  10. Nova Systems – 10 per cent
  11. Hanwha Defense Australia – 9 per cent
  12. L3Harris Technologies – 8 per cent
  13. Babcock Australasia – 8 per cent
  14. QinetiQ Australia – 8 per cent
  15. NIOA Australia – 7 per cent
  16. ASC – 7 per cent
  17. EOS Australia – 5 per cent
  18. Leidos Australia – 5 per cent
  19. Austal Limited – 5 per cent
  20. KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root) – 4 per cent

The statistics have been released following recommendations within the Defence Strategic Review to find solutions to workforce challenges within the Australian industrial base.

“Workforce challenges within the defence industry are not new, but innovative and disruptive technologies are driving competition to attract skilled workers at increasingly higher rates,” Defence Connect editor Liam Garman wrote.

“These statistics provide a glimpse into those companies that have stood out in the minds of jobseekers for their next role.”

Conducted between the 21st of September and the 11th of November 2022, the report measured core attributes across invoice settlement, collaboration, communication and project management, global supply chain opportunities, knowledge transfer and transparency.

The survey used a sample of 870 active defence industry participants to deliver a margin of error of +/–3.32 per cent.

Of those, 57 per cent of responses came from small-to-medium sized businesses operating within the defence industry, with 19 per cent of respondents from businesses with 1 to 10 employees.

To learn more about the report, please contact director at Momentum Intelligence Michael Johnson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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