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UK’s Most Popular Employer

26.11.2019, 14:35

UK’s Most Popular Employer

Rentokil Initial has been named Best Company to Work for in the UK in Indeed’s annual survey of major employers, after ousting Apple from the top spot the international tech giant has occupied since 2018.

 

 

The UK-based pest control and hygiene firm, which serves customers ranging from multinational companies to homeowners, came top of a ranking of Britain’s best employers, based on tens of thousands of reviews written by the people who know them best – their staff. 

Rentokil came top for its job security and advancement, with staff praising how it promotes from within, the good work-life balance and the company’s positive culture. In reviews, staff described having high job satisfaction and doing fulfilling work. 

The list of the top 25 private sector employers features some of the UK’s best known high street brands and financial institutions, alongside global tech companies. British firms dominate the table, and account for four of the top five on the list, and six of the top 10. 

Apple, the only non-British company in the top five, employs around 6,500 people in the UK. Praise for its staff perks – which include free or discounted tech – feature prominently in the reviews posted on Indeed. 

The third-ranked employer is The Agincare Group, one of the country’s largest care groups, employing more than 3,500 staff. It scored highly for its supportive management and for offering a good work-life balance.

Retailers performed strongly in the list. John Lewis, one of Britain’s best-loved department stores, and its food division Waitrose, were both rated highly by their staff. Both are partnerships, meaning they invite employees to become partners and share profits with them.  

Table: Britain’s best tech sector employers 

Ranking

Employer

Sector

Origin

1

Rentokil Initial

Business services

British 

2

Apple

Tech

American

3

The Agincare Group

Care

British

4

Wren Kitchens

Retail

British

5

Lush Cosmetics

Retail

British

6

E (Gas and Electricity) 

Energy

British

7

Barclays

Financial Services

British

8

Nando’s

Restaurants

South African

9

Kumon

Education

Japanese

10

JPMorgan Chase

Financial services

American

11

Siemens AG

Tech

German

12

PwC

Business services

British

13

Rolls-Royce

Automotive

German

14

EY

Financial services

British

15

Marks and Spencer 

Retail

British

16

IKEA

Retail

Swedish

17

Bakkavor

Food manufacturing

Icelandic

18

GlaxoSmithKline

Pharmaceuticals

British

19

John Lewis & Partners

Retail

British

20

Waitrose & Partners

Retail

British

21

RBS

Financial services

British

22

Clarks

Retail

British

23

BAE Systems

Defence contractor

British

24

Lloyds Bank

Financial services

British

25

Arnold Clark

Automotive

British

Discussing the survey results, Bill Richards, UK managing director for global job site, Indeed, said:

 “Britain’s job creation boom may be easing off, but it’s still very much a jobseeker’s market – in which companies have to fight hard to attract the staff they need to grow.

“With private sector employers facing stiff competition for the best talent, many companies realise they need to offer more than just an attractive salary. Other factors can be just as important when it comes to wooing good people.

“Reviews posted this year on Indeed’s website by tens of thousands of employees demonstrate just how much value they put on a good work-life balance and a positive work culture – and how likely they are to research and consider these factors before deciding to apply.

“The companies in our top 25 scored consistently highly across all categories, and reviews from their staff show what a decisive difference these factors make in how they are regarded as employers.”

Andy Ransom, Rentokil Initial plc CEPO, added:

“Being Indeed’s top-rated workplace for the private sector is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our colleagues. We focus on getting it right for our people and in turn they provide a great service to our customers. We’d be the last to claim that we always get it right but we’re committed to the long term investment in our people and their progression and development.  

“Our approach is to ensure that we have a culture in place where everyone can develop their career through industry-leading training and be recognised for doing so. In particular, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment for all employees by striving to be an organisation that values everyone’s talents and abilities.”

 

CAMFIL HVAC Filtration Solutions

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