Rolls-Royce named most attractive UK employer

Posted on 16 May 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Rolls-Royce Group has been named the large company UK employees would most like to work for, according to the Global Randstad Award 2016.

The Randstad Award is reportedly the world’s largest independent employer branding survey, polling more than 200,000 respondents (general public, aged 18-65) in 25 countries that cover 75% of the global economy.

It asks respondents to rate the attractiveness of their country’s largest employers, with the second strongest UK employer brand announced as British Airways, with Marks & Spencer in third place.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Automotive Aerospace was named by British survey respondents as the most attractive UK sector to work in (image courtesy of Rolls-Royce).

Manufacturers had a strong presence with the UK’s top 20 most attractive large employers, with BMW and Jaguar Land Rover rounding off the top five, with BAE Systems and Mondelez International both making the top 10.

Diageo (11); Philips (13); Alstom (14); AstraZeneca (15), and GlaxoSmithKline (18) all made the top 20.

In line with the UK company winner, the Automotive Aerospace sector was named by British survey respondents as the most attractive UK sector to work in, followed by Pharma Life Sciences and Electronic Engineering. Globally, by contrast, and as in the previous two years, IT is the most attractive sector.

UK survey respondents, as potential employees, cited salary, job security, and a pleasant working atmosphere as their top priorities, these were qualities that far fewer people associated with working for a large UK employer – with the top three being financial health, strong management, and  training respectively.

Randstad CEO, Jacques van den Broek commented: “In the UK, it’s clear that the winner of the Randstad Award, the Rolls Royce Group, has an almost timeless appeal and a brand that is rooted in the country’s heritage and national identity.

“Much the same could be said of British Airways and M&S. But the largest companies need to beware the potential disconnect between what prospective employees look for in an employer and what they perceive the biggest employers to offer.”