RENTOKIL INITIAL TOPS LEAGUE TABLE OF UK’S MOST POPULAR EMPLOYERS

RENTOKIL INITIAL TOPS LEAGUE TABLE OF UK’S MOST POPULAR EMPLOYERS

Posted 26 November, 2019 at 12:26

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (ISW) Independent Shop Watch


  • Rentokil Initial crowned the best company to work for in the UK
  • Pest control and hygiene firm’s win pushes 2018 winner Apple into second place 
  • Ranking of private sector employers is based on tens of thousands reviews from staff posted on the world’s biggest job site Indeed in 2019.
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    London, 26 November, 2019 – Rentokil Initial is the best company to work for in the UK, according to data released by the world’s biggest job site, Indeed.

    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. Rentokil’s success pushed 2018’s winner, the global tech giant Apple, down into second place. 

    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

    Bill Richards, UK managing director at global job site Indeed, comments: “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, comments:

    “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.”

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