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  • REVEALED: The best and worst places to work in the UK

    Pest control firm Rentokil Initial has taken the top spot in a list of the best places to work in the UK, with tens of thousands of staff praising the company for job security, promoting from within ethos and great work-life balance culture.

    Staff also described having high job satisfaction and doing fulfilling work in their review of the company.

    A survey commissioned by Indeed has ranked the UK’s employers based on reviews by employees, with 2018’s winner, global tech giant Apple, slipping to second place.

    The only non-British company in the top five, Apple Tech 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.  

    Britain’s best tech sector employers

    1. Rentokil Initial
    2. 2. Apple
    3. The Agincare Group
    4. Wren Kitchens
    5. Lush Cosmetics
    6. E (Gas & Electricity)
    7. Barclays
    8. Nando’s
    9. Kumon
    10. JP Morgan Chase
    11. Siemens AG
    12. PwC
    13. Rolls-Royce
    14. EY
    15. Marks & Spencer
    16. IKEA
    17. Bakkavor
    18. GlaxoSmithKline
    19. John Lewis & Partners 
    20. Waitrose & Partners
    21. RBS
    22. Clarks
    23. BAE Systems
    24. Lloyds Bank
    25. Arnold Clark

    Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at 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, CEO of Rentokil Initial plc, said: “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.”


    Stuart O'Brien

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