Best Employing Companies in United Kingdom
The success of your career depends on many factors. For your personal side, it will be up to your knowledge, skills and talent. If you can keep developing the mastery of these personal assets, you have chance to grow the credibility and earn a better income on a higher position. The company you work at will keep on eyes on your working performance. If it looks better over time, there is a chance to get promotion. Besides this personal side, your success is also affected by the company itself and the working environment you spend your time at the most. Many companies have no much concern to their talented workers and just keep running the same old fashion and conventional regulations in the organization. That is why many great employees will have the same position for years or even decide to resign and apply the job at new places. If you want to be successful in your career then, make sure you know well about the company before sending the application.
Have you ever read The Sunday Times? It is a well-known magazine in UK that offers fresh news on many sectors including sport, business, culture, style, and travel. It is one stop source of news reading. Special for business sector, The Sunday Times has annual project to award the best companies in UK and Ireland. If you are living in London, for example, it is important for you to know the best employing companies in United Kingdom. This information can help you decide which company to enter. If you take the wrong path, you may find difficulty to escape. Therefore, you have to be careful. A company can advertise the high salary to the new employees. However, the place is probably unfriendly and unconfident to work at.
The Sunday Times keeps publishing and gives awards to the Best Employing Companies in United Kingdom annually. Here is the list of top 25 big companies in 2013.
1. Pets at Home – retail industry in Handforth
2. Iceland Foods – frozen food industry, headquarter in Deeside
3. IHG – hotels, headquarter in Denham
4. Bourne Leisure – hospitality and leisure, headquarter in Hemel Hempstead
5. Sytner Group – prestige car retailer, headquarter in Leicester
6. McDonald’s Restaurants– quick service restaurant, headquarter in London
7. Marriots Hotel International – hotels, headquarter in London
8. RSA Insurance Group – Insurer, headquarter in London
9. Goldman Sachs International – financial services, headquarter in London
10. Whitbread – hotels, restaurants and cafes, headquarter in Dunstable
11. PwC – professional services, headquarter in London
12. American Express UK – travel and financial services, headquarter in London
13. The Midcounties Co-operative – consumer co-operative, headquarter in Warwick
14. Ernst & Young – professional services, headquarter in London
15. Inchcape UK – car retailer, headquarter in Kidlington.
16. Accenture – consulting, technology and outsourcing, headquarter in London
17. AXA – financial services, headquarter in London
18. EE – telecommunications, headquarter in Hatfield
19. Zurich – financial services, headquarter in Fareham
20. Boots- retailing and dispensing, headquarter in Nottingham
21. Barchester Healthcare – healthcare provider, headquarter in Chelsea Harbour
22. Hilton Hotels UK – hotels, headquarter in Watford
23. Atkins – engineering consultants, headquarter in London
24. KPMG – audit, tax, advisory services, headquarter in London
25. Elior UK – contract catering, headquarter in Staines
The methodology in giving the rank to each company, The Sunday Times has some category keys like the following:
- Leadership: how employees feel about the head of the company and its senior managers
- Wellbeing: how staff feel about the stress, pressure and the balance between their work and home duties
- Giving something back: how much companies are thought by their staff to put back into society generally and the local community
- Personal growth: to what extend the staff feel they are stretched and challenged by their job
- My manager: how staff feel towards their immediate boss and day to day managers
- My company: feelings about the company people work for as opposed to the people they work with
- My team: how staff feel about their immediate colleagues
- Fair deal: how happy the workforce is with their pay and benefits
Those key factors above are practically significant as they are defined trough the survey process results, and therefore by employees themselves, as critical factors in workplace engagement.
There are many companies in the United Kingdom. It seems to be a large project to do for The Sunday Times to give rank to each of them. If you think so, the truth is that those companies have to voluntary take a part into the project. They have to pay, depends on the size of organization. The registration can be done online while the payment must be completed as late as 21 days after the registration. There is an online cost calculator that can be used to estimate the amount of funds to spend on their site.
Although the registration and administration fee have been completed, the participated companies still have to be eligible to the project.
- Have been operating at least 3 years on the first March 2014
- Have a minimum of 50 full time employees or part time equivalents working in the UK as of the 30th September 2012. Contractors/freelancers, implants and employees not on the payroll are not including.
If a company is eligible to the project, they can enter the category list of company based on the employees’ number. Small companies have employees from 50 to 249. The mid-sized companies are the ones with 250 to 4,999 employees. And the big companies have more than 5000 employees. The process of evaluating in order to collect the data is made by using two elements. The first one is an employee survey. The next element used is organization questionnaire. There will be also workplace visits done to get more comprehensive analysis before the reporting is processed.
So, are you looking for a suitable job now? Besides knowing more about yourself, what you have to offer to the organization, you should take a look the reputation of the company you want to work at. Take time to read business magazines, The Sunday Times especially to get to know the best employing companies in the United Kingdom. You are also able to look for references from the people around who know about those companies.