Over the span of just five years, tech companies have taken over all of the top 8 spots of the World's Best Employers ranking. In 2017, the first year the ranking was published by Forbes in collaboration with Statista, half of the top 8 companies were from the tech sector. Notably, the biggest tech players - Alphabet, Microsoft and Apple - have remained among the top spots of the ranking throughout, but have ranked lower recently. Legacy tech player IBM, however, took the other route and moved from rank 8 in 2017 to rank 11 in 2019 and back into rank 2 in 2021.
In 2021, a South Korean company, Samsung, moved into first rank, while Chinese technology company Huawei found itself in rank 8, diversifying the ranking in terms of national origin. Previously, only one Asian company - the Japan Exchange Group in 2017 and Chinese battery manufacturer CATL in 2019 - had appeared among the top 8. Both previous entries weren't from the tech sector, while both 2021 entries are.
For the ranking, 150,000 full-time and part-time workers from 58 countries working at multinational and institutions were surveyed.