Revealed: Top UK and Ireland Employers for 2021


Phil Sproston, Regional Manager (UK & Ireland) – Top Employers Institute


A total of 98 organisations in the UK and Ireland have been named in the 2021 global list of Top Employers.

The list compiled by Top Employers Institute includes new entrants Dunnhumby, ABB UK, FedEx Express UK and LTI UK.

Employers who have been long-running features of the UK and Ireland list include DHL, HCL, IG, Rider Levitt Bucknall, RM PLC, Saffery Champness, and Weightmans LLP.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, other notable employers named on the list for 2021 are NHS Professionals, Oakland Care and Pfizer UK.

To be certified for inclusion in the annual list, participating employers are benchmarked via a rigorous analysis of their HR practices. The information from organisations – looking at people practices across key HR themes (Steer, Shape, Attract, Develop, Engage, Unite – is then audited independently to ensure the integrity of the processes and data.

Phil Sproston, Regional Manager (UK and Ireland) at Top Employers Institute, said: “More than ever in 2021, people need good employers. A crisis like the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark illustration of the essential role of employers as the glue in people’s lives, providing purpose, structure and rewards. They’re the glue for communities and whole societies.

“A Top Employer needs to demonstrate how they keep putting people first and are pro-active in providing the best working environments possible in the circumstances. In our current context that means ensuring there’s flexibility, understanding and creative thinking behind the provision of support.”

The 2021 Top Employers list (84 in the UK and a further 14 in Ireland) is to be announced as part of a global online Certification Celebration on 28 January. More than 12,000 HR leaders will gather virtually to take part in sessions for sharing best practice and discussion of trends and challenges. Keynote speakers involved include Professor Mariana Mazzucato from University College London (named by GQ as one of the UK’s 50 most influential people in 2020); Dr Thomas Ogilvie, Labour Director, DHL Group; Mechell Chetty, HR Vice President for Unilever Africa; Sergio Ezama, Chief Talent Officer at Pepsico; Rosa Lee, Executive Vice President, Bosch China; and CEO of Top Employers Institute, David Plink.

In the past year, the Top Employers Institute Global Certification Programme certified and recognised more than 1 691 Top Employers in more than 120 countries and regions across five continents. To be eligible for participation, organisations must have at least 250 local or 2 500 international employees, as well as advanced, formalised HR practices.

The full list of Top Employers in the UK:

Alphabet (GB) Limited
Alstom UK
Amadeus IT Services UK Ltd
Avanade UK Ltd
Avon Cosmetics Ltd
Bentley Motors
BNP Paribas Personal Finance
Boehringer Ingelheim UK
Bouygues Construction
British American Tobacco UK
BSH Home Appliances
Bureau Veritas UK
Canon Europe Limited
Cognizant Worldwide Limited
Dana UK Axle Limited
DHL Global Forwarding United Kingdom
DHL International (UK) Ltd
DHL Parcel UK Ltd
DHL Supply Chain
East Midlands Railway
Experian Limited UK
Faurecia – United Kingdom
FedEx Express
FirstPort Ltd
Foster + Partners
GroupM UK Limited
HCL Technologies UK Ltd.
Huawei Technologies (UK) Co., Ltd.
Imperial Brands UK
Infosys Limited
International SOS
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd
Kuehne + Nagel Ltd
Lidl Northern Ireland Limited
LTI (Larsen & Toubro Infotech)
Mitie Group plc
Molson Coors Beverage Company
NHS Professionals
Nice-Pak International
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Oakland Care
Orange Business Services
PepsiCo UK
Perfetti Van Melle – PVM UK
Pfizer UK
Philip Morris Limited
Phoenix Group
Reckitt Benckiser PLC
Rider Levett Bucknall UK Limited
RM plc
Saffery Champness LLP
Sandoz Limited UK
Santander UK
Securitas Security Services UK
Takeda UK Limited
Tata Consultancy Services
Travis Perkins Plc
Virtusa UK Limited
Weightmans LLP
Whirlpool Corporation
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

And the list in Ireland:
Avanade Ireland
Infosys Ireland
JTI Ireland
Aspiegel Limited
Huawei Ireland
Novartis Ireland
CHEP Ireland
DHL Supply Chain Ireland
PJ Carroll (British American Tobacco)
DHL Global Forwarding Ireland
Saint Gobain Ireland
Takeda Ireland
Imperial Brands Ireland
Lidl Ireland


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