Top Employers of 2018

Companies, Jobposting, News / 15 March 2018

Every year, the Top Employers Institute evaluates UK companies to see who has the best employee focused policies and environments. The Institute uses an extensive survey, validation, and certification procedure to make sure the results are as thorough and fair as possible. Below is the complete list of the top employers for 2018.


Operating in the UK for over 75 years, Abbott is a global healthcare company that focuses on everything from pharmaceuticals, to nutrition and medical diagnostics.


This US company deals with pharmaceutical research and health science. The company was originally an offshoot of Abbott, so it’s perhaps no surprise they’re so close on this list given their mutual history.


A Dutch giant that manufactures all kinds of paints for both the consumer and industrial markets, AkzoNobel has around 46,000 employees worldwide.


  Alphabet (GB) Limited

Alphabet handles business fleets of all sizes, and manages over 130,000 vehicles for businesses across the globe.
  Amadeus IT Services UK Ltd

Handling software and IT solutions for everything travel related, from airlines to agents, is what Amedeus is all about.



A major supermarket now owned by Walmart, Asda offers everything from everyday groceries to clothes.


  Avanade UK LTD

Cloud based and digital business solutions based around the Microsoft framework. Avanade is one of the leading digital innovators in the UK.


  Bentley Motors

The classic and prestigious Britsh motor company with a long history. Bentley specialises in providing hand crafted luxury vehicles.


  BlackBerry UK Ltd

Manufacturers of one of the best known business mobile devices in the world, they also provide enterprise focused software solutions.


  British American Tobacco UK

One of the largest tobacco companies in the world that owns a number of major cigarette brands, including Dunhill and Pall Mall.

  BSH Home Appliances

Household appliance giant that produces everything from irons to washing machines. BSH has a number of well known brands including Bosch and Siemens.


  Bureau Veritas UK

Business productivity experts that focus on TIC (Testing, Inspection and Certification).


  Canon Europe Limited

World leading manufacturer of cameras and lenses, as well as consumer and business printing solutions.



Major insurance software provider whose client list includes a number of leading UK companies including Tesco Bank and Asda.



This company is one of the largest IT consultancies around. They also provide managed services and systems integration for businesses of all sizes.



CHEP handles everything from logistics to consumer goods and services, as well as retail and transport. The company operates in over 60 countries.



Chiesi delivers a variety of repository medicine solutions, especially to the NHS, and is active in 60 countries around the world.


  Cognizant Worldwide Limited

Headquartered in the US, this is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. They provide global IT consulting solutions.



A well known sofa and furniture manufacturer and retailer, DFS is the UK’s leading company for upholstered goods.


  DHL International (UK) Limited

A huge, well known international courier company that moves packages and goods all over the world.


  DHL Supply Chain

The largest logistics provider in the UK. The company has around 40,000 employees and supports businesses from all kinds of sectors.


  Dimension Data

Provider of cybersecurity solutions and next generation digital workspaces for the companies of the future.


  East Midlands Trains Limited

Train company that covers lines between Yorkshire, London and the East of England, operating over 500 train services per day.


  Electrolux UK

Household appliance specialist that provides good to over 150 markets every year, with products ranging from hoovers to washer dryers, as well as business focused equipment.


  Eni International Resources Ltd

A support and HR company that works on behalf of (and is a subsidiary of) the Italian energy company Eni.


  ERIKS UK & Ireland

Support services for engineering and technical systems. The company is one of the UK leaders in delivering cost effective, long term solutions for businesses that use industrial practices and equipment.


  Experian Limited, UK & Ireland

Financial services company that also operates a credit scoring system for consumers.


  Fidessa PLC

Trading, investment and financial solutions for the global financial community. Fidessa has over 800 employees across nine countries.


  Foster + Partners

An architecture firm with a sustainable approach. They employee over 1,000 people and have offices across the world.

  GroupM UK Limited

A world leader in media investment, GroupM handles everything from data to technology for a number of major media companies, and is active in over 80 countries.


One of the most famous retailers in the world, Harrods is a significant employer, with around 10,000 staff that serve over 15 million people per year.
  HCL Technologies

This major provider of IT services works with businesses from a variety of sectors, and has a global presence, with offices in 31 countries. They employ around 91,000 staff.


  Heineken UK

Not only responsible for the namesake beer, Heineken UK also brews Fosters, Bulmers, and Kronenberg. The company owns over 2,000 pubs, and employs around 2,400 staff.

  Homes for Haringey

Focused on managing the council housing portfolio in Haringey, London, this company has around 700 employees, and has won awards for its work with young people.

Covering everything from financial spread betting and forex trading to share trading, IG specialises in providing web and mobile technology to retailers. The company is active in 17 countries and has 1,400 staff.

  IHG® Corporate

One of the leading hotel companies in the world, IGH manages a number of global hotel brands including Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express.


  Imperial Tobacco

This UK tobacco manufacturer employs around 1,000 staff, and is headquartered in Bristol. The company is also part of the larger Imperial Brands PLC, which has over 30,000 staff across the globe.



A world leader in academic publishing and business intelligence, Informa has over 6,000 employees, and works with businesses across a wide range of sectors.



Infosys provides industry leading consulting on next generation digital services for businesses, and has over 3,200 employees across 45 countries.


  ING Bank

Retail and wholesale banking services provider that operates in over 40 countries. The bank has a strong presence in Europe in particular.


  JD Wetherspoon

British discount pub chain that employs around 37,000 staff, and owns almost 900 pubs across the UK.


  JT International Business Services

This company provides all the support services needed by the major tobacco company JTI, and has in the region of 40,000 staff worldwide.


  Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

A smart data and IT services company that uses high tech tools including augmented reality and AI to deliver solutions to customers.



A major UK franchised motor vehicle retailer, Lookers employs around 9,000 staff, and also has a successful agricultural machinery arm.


  Manchester Metropolitan University

The largest campus based university in the UK, Manchester Met has a student population of over 30,000, and delivers a wide range of traditional and contemporary courses.



Merck is a well known science and research company that’s active in 66 countries across the world, with just over 1,400 employees.


  Molson Coors Brewing Co (UK) Ltd

Based in Burton-Upon-Trent, this world leading brewery company manages popular drinks including Coors and Doom Bar, and employs 2,200 staff.



Specialising in vaccines and medicine, this global leader in the pharmaceutical world employs 1,600 staff over 140 different countries.


  Nice-Pak International

Nice-Pak make wet wipes, supplying Europe with over 650 million wipes per year. They employ over 900 staff in both the UK and Germany.


  Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Research, development, and production of healthcare products is Novartis’ niche, and their products are sold in over 150 countries. The company has around 1,500 employees.



A marketing and sales giant that also develops, manufactures, and distributes a variety of medical and industrial equipment around the world.


  Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe-UK

Manufacturing optical and digital precision technology, this company provides solutions for everything from medical equipment to digital cameras, and employs 270 staff.


  Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services runs the largest network for voice and data in the world, that reaches over 200 countries, and employs around 1,500 staff.


  OVO Energy Ltd

OVO is actually a group of energy companies that are striving towards being able to provide consumers with affordable renewable energy. They employ over 1,000 staff in the UK.


  PepsiCo UK & Ireland

Producing famous soft drinks like Tropicana and Pepsi, this company has a global presence in over 200 countries, and employs well over 4,000 staff.


  Pfizer Limited

A world leading pharmaceutical company that employs 2,500 staff and has a presence in 175 countries across the globe.


  Philip Morris International

A world leading tobacco company that has over 80,000 employees across the world. The organisation is active in 180 countries.


  Phoenix Group

Closed life fund management leaders, Phoenix Group handle the assets of around five million policyholders, and are based in Birmingham.



QVC runs four shopping channels, and is dedicated to providing the best consumer shopping experiences possible. The company has 2,000 employees, and has staff in seven countries.


  Rider Levett Bucknall UK Limited

Cost management and quantitative surveyor specialists, this company has pioneered survey projects that include the Sydney Opera House and the 2012 London Olympics.


  RM plc

RM is an IT company that produces software solutions for the education sector. The company has a presence in two countries and employs over 1,000 staff.


  Roche Diagnostics Ltd and Roche Diabetes Care Ltd

Delivering both diagnostic and diabetes healthcare solutions, the Roche Group as a whole employs a massive 94,000 staff across the globe.


  Roche Products Limited

Another company that falls under the Roche Group umbrella, Roche Products deals with pharmaceutical and biotechnology healthcare products.


  Sacker & Partners LLP

The UK leaders when it comes to workplace and pension law, thanks to their specialisation in this area of law above all others. Sacker & Partners are based in London.


  Saffery Champness

One of the largest accountancy firms in the UK. The organisation has been in business since 1855, and handles the accounts of a number of high profile clients.



A firm that distributes, designs and manufactures building materials for the next generation of consumer and commercial spaces. There are over 60,000 employees spread across the globe in 67 countries.


  Sandoz Limited UK

Another pharmaceutical company, Sandoz is part of the Novartis Group, with a presence in 160 countries.



A life science and pharmaceutical company that specialises in healthcare solutions.


  Santander UK

Leading European bank that has over 20,000 employees in ten countries. The bank serves around 15 million customers.


  SAP UK Ltd

One of the market leaders in enterprise software, SAP is used by thousands of companies across the world. Currently, the organisation employs over 2,000 staff, and has around 350,000 customers.



SAS handle data management, analytics, and business software. The company has been in business since 1976 and has around 700 employees.


  Starbucks Coffee Company UK

This company probably needs no introduction. The coffee retailer has 25,000 cafes across the world, and employs 5,000 staff.


  Tata Consultancy Services

An IT consultancy that deals with providing agile business solutions to clients, TCS has a presence in over 40 countries, and employs 12,000 people.


  TechnipFMC UK

One of the leading companies in the world when it comes to on and off-shore energy related projects.


  Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a Canadian company that specialises in mass media and information solutions for organisations across the world.


  Travis Perkins plc

A well established building and construction supplier, Travis Perkins operates a number of well known UK IDY brands including Wickes and Toolstation.


  Valeo UK

Valeo manufactures and supplies the automotive industry with a variety of components and parts, with an overall focus on reducing Co2 emissions.


  Vauxhall Motors

This UK car company has been producing vehicles since the early 1900s, and is currently owned by General Motors, the 4th largest car manufacturer in the world.


  Virgin Trains East Coast

This train company is part of the Richard Branson’s global giant Virgin. The service operates between London and Scotland, carrying in the region of 19 million passengers every year.


  Virtusa UK

Virtusa UK provides businesses with IT solutions for digital transformation, and serve clients in industries ranging from finance to healthcare.



Vision Security Group provide bespoke security and intelligence solutions for a range of businesses. They are also part of the Mitie Group.


  Weightmans LLP

A major law firm with eleven offices spread over two countries, Weightmans specialises in commercial, insurance, and public sector law.


  Whirlpool Corporation

This consumer goods giant is probably best known for its washing machines. The company employs over 2,000 staff, and is headquartered in Italy.



The biggest company in UK hospitality, Whitread owns well known brands including Costa and Premier Inn. It also employs over 35,000 staff internationally.

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