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Apple climbs LinkedIn's 2018 top companies to work list, sits in sixth place

LinkedIn has released their annual list of the most sought-after employers, with Apple coming in at number six, up one position from last year.

Beating out Apple for the remaining top spots includes Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Salesforce, and Tesla in that order.

LinkedIn notes that based on their data, Apple has increased their engineering and IT headcount 8 percent and 4 percent in 2017. LinkedIn pegs Apple's headcount at 120,000, roughly 10,000 employees more than last year's assessment.

As far as some of the distinguish factors that could draw employees to Apple, LinkedIn highlights Apple's maternity leave policy (18 weeks for new moms, six weeks for dads), their willingness to freeze eggs for those who prefer to defer parenthood, and the generous 25 percent discount on the company's devices.

To create their annual Top Companies list, LinkedIn users actions and data collected from their 546+ million members across the world. They analyze actual user actions including job demand from job postings, engagement with the company, interest in its employees, and retention.

The trends seen in the top companies this year spotted by LinkedIn are an emphasis on diversity, outside-the-box perks, and healthcare. They even highlight Apple's rumored primary care facilities.