The top 20 most desirable employers according to LinkedIn. Click on image for full list.

Four of the top five most desirable places to work in LinkedIn’s new survey are in the tech industry. And the fifth? Well, it’s a maker of ice cream.

LinkedIn released its ranking of the Most InDemand Employers, a list led by Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. The fifth company on the list, Unilever, is the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream among other hundreds of other consumer products. ranked 25th, while Starbucks ranked 33rd and Electronic Arts (the parent company of PopCap) ranked 35th. About 20 percent of the companies on the list are considered tech.

That’s not a huge surprise. After all, earlier this week we reported on a new study from PayScale which showed that the tech industry is the third fastest growing industry for wages (behind mining and utilities).

Here’s more from LinkedIn’s Michael Li:

What makes these rankings so unique—and exciting to me as a professional data scientist—is that they’re based on the actual actions of over 175 million professionals on LinkedIn. Last year, LinkedIn was home to over 15 billion interactions between professionals and companies. We cross-referenced our data with thousands of survey responses to pinpoint the specific activities that best indicate familiarity and interest in working for a company: connecting with employees, viewing employee profiles, visiting Company and Career Pages, and following companies. After crunching this data and normalizing for things like company size, we developed our top 100 global list. We then applied LinkedIn profile data to rank the most sought-after employers among professionals in five countries and four job functions.

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  • Guest

    Very poor journalism guys. Unilever is far more than a ‘maker of ice cream’. It owns more than 400 brands and t is the third largest consumer goods company in the world with over 170,000 employees. It is a household name elsewhere in the world, beating Procter & Gamble in several developing markets.

    • johnhcook

      Thanks for the comment. I am aware that Unilever is a consumer products giant, and I used the example of ice cream to illustrate it just as I could have used Vaseline gel or Dove soap. I did say in the story that Ben & Jerry’s was “among” its products. But I’ve added the word “hundreds” to make it more clear and linked to their Web site.

    • Roberto Victor

      You really dont get jokes, do you?

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