Asda, PepsiCo UK and Ireland and Sackers among the UK’s Top Employers for 2018


Asda (pictured), PepsiCo UK and Ireland, Sackers and Starbucks UK are among the 85 organisations that have been recognised in 2018’s Top Employers UK list, compiled by the Top Employers Institute.

The annual Top Employers certification process assesses an organisation’s employee offering across nine key areas, including compensation and benefits, talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, and culture. Following a validation process and external audit, performance scores are rated against an international standard.

New employers which made the Top Employers list for 2018 include supply chain management business DHL Supply Chain, energy supply organisation Ovo Energy, and pharmaceutical business AbbVie. In total, 12 organisations were newly certified this year.

Some organisations were additionally recognised for featuring on the Top Employers list for over 10 years. This includes pub brand JD Wetherspoon, accountancy organisation Saffery Champness and law firm Weightmans.

Other organisations which were certified as Top Employers in 2018 include car organisation Bentley Motors, retailer Harrods, Manchester Metropolitan University, banking organisation Santander UK and transportation business Virgin Trains East Coast.

The certified organisations were celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday 1 February 2018, at Old Billingsgate in London.

Alessio Tanganelli, regional director UK at the Top Employers Institute, said: “Congratulations to our 2018 Top Employers. Each year organisations face new challenges and the past year has been particularly challenging, with the march of technology and uncertainty around Brexit driving major organisational change. But our Top Employers continue to achieve the very highest standards of excellence in employee conditions and are really getting creative in terms of motivating, inspiring and retaining their teams.

“The very top UK employers are investing time to support new employees when they join their organisation. But they don’t just stop there; they invest in frequent communication and build a collaborative working environment. They also create a transparent culture where their team has access to the information they need in order to accelerate their career and make a positive impact. It is this that is motivating employees and this that will lead to long-term business success.”

Debbie Holmes, director of HR at Sackers, added: “We are proud to be one of the few organisations to achieve the Top Employers UK 2018 certification. Our people are what make us Sackers, and we strive to ensure that as an employer we do our very best to support them in all areas of their professional development and wellbeing. This, in turn, has a very positive impact for our clients.”