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UK – Recruitment consultancies dominate best companies to work for list

05 March 2012

Thirteen out of the Sunday Times list of ‘100 best companies to work for’ are recruitment consultancies. 

To qualify for the list, companies have to have been in existence for at least 3 years (on the 1st March 2013) and have between 250 - 4,999 employees or part time equivalents working in the UK (as of the 30th September 2011). Lists are calculated taking the following eight factors into account: leadership, my manager, my company, my team, giving something back, wellbeing, fair deal and personal growth.

In 2nd place, and leading the contingent of staffing firms is Pertemps People Development Group which specializes in finding work for long-term unemployed. Not only did it narrowly miss out on topping the whole list, it also featured first in the ‘fair deal’ category which asks employees whether they are paid fairly relative to others in a similar job. The Pertemps organisation did particularly well in the ranking with sister company, Pertemps Recruitment Partnership coming 32nd. 

Adecco and Randstad brands also featured twice each in the list but lower down the rankings. Adecco brands featured particularly highly in the ‘honest managers’ category with Office Angels coming 4th overall and Adecco UK coming 5th – the highest ranked recruitment consultancies according to this particular criteria.

Alongside a detailed summary of each company, the list also provides an interesting insight into annual training spend and employee turnover shown in the attached picture.

Employee turnover is notoriously high within the recruitment industries and the average employee turnover among these listed companies was 27%. The average amount spent on training per employee each year was £406.

The annual list is compiled by best companies on behalf of The Sunday Times. The full list can be viewed here.

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