Wren Kitchens, HMV and Selfridges listed among top UK retail employers

Kitchen manufacturer Wren Kitchens, music and film retailer HMV and department store chain Selfridges have been listed among the top UK retail employers to work for in 2020.

The list, determined by job listing site Indeed based on reviews by its visitors from February 2019 to February 2020, comprises the top 15 retail organisations to work for in the UK, with Wren Kitchens taking top place for the second year in a row. The analysis tracks factors such as salary, benefits and culture, as scored by employees.

Top 15 retail employers for 2020:

  • Wren Kitchens
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • HMV
  • Selfridges
  • Clarks
  • The Perfume Shop
  • Sofology
  • Harrods
  • The Body Shop
  • John Lewis and Partners
  • Ikea
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Dreams
  • Schuh

Bill Richards, managing director at Indeed, said: “Retailers have experienced some difficult times over the past few years, but our list is testament to those [which], despite the challenges, continue to prioritise a positive working environment. HMV’s rise through the rankings shows it is possible for high street stores to turn their fortunes around and earn the appreciation of their staff in the process.

“The organisations on our list have successfully created a culture which inspires loyalty from their staff, through encouraging employees to progress and offering a good work-life balance. This is of particular importance now, as record employment levels mean [businesses] need to fight hard to find and retain good employees. 

“Our research has shown how 70% of jobseekers rank [an organisation’s] reputation as an employer to be important while considering a job opportunity. The reputation of a [business], which can be easily scrutinised through online reviews, has never been more important when it comes to attracting talent.” 

Mark Pullan, managing director at Wren Kitchens, added: “We are incredibly proud to be crowned the UK’s best retail employer for the second year running. Wren’s continued growth is testament to the dedication and commitment of our amazing team, many of whom have been with us from the beginning of the journey. 

“It has been wonderful to watch people develop as the business has grown and a significant number of new opportunities will now arise, in all areas of our business, as we expand into the US.”