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John Lewis wins inaugural Randstad Award for most attractive employer in the UK

John Lewis wins inaugural Randstad Award for most attractive employer in the UK

Randstad, a leading recruitment and HR services firm, is pleased to announce that John Lewis has won the inaugural Randstad Award for most attractive employer in the UK.

Over half the 7,746 British jobseekers and workers participating in Randstad’s research for the Award picked John Lewis as the company they would most like to work for. Women, university graduates, people from the north of England and those aged between 50 and 65 years were the major voting groups for John Lewis and perceived the company to have strong management and a pleasant work atmosphere.

The top three organisations voted the most attractive companies to work for in the UK were:

John Lewis (53% of the vote)


Marks & Spencer

Reflecting recessionary Britain, long-term job security was listed by respondents as the overall most important factor when seeking an employer (68%). Other significant factors included competitive salary and benefits (54%), a pleasant working atmosphere (52%) and an interesting job (48%).

A company’s financial health (42%) was also listed as an important factor.

Randstad’s research found that men look for financially sound companies with a strong management that offer career prospects, whereas women prefer organisations that offer flexible working, accessibility, atmosphere and interesting job content.

Randstad also found that interesting jobs, accessibility and flexible working are generally greater priorities for older workers. Younger counterparts look more for career prospects and training amongst companies that have a strong image and reputation. Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK, commented: "The last few years have seen rapid changes in both job seeking behaviour and recruitment practices. When organisations are in a position to recruit new staff they are all chasing after the top 5 per cent of talent. It has never been more important to have a strong employer brand to attract the key skills required to meet the challenges UK plc faces. The stronger a company’s employer brand is, the more likely it is to grow and flourish.

"With skills shortages continuing to intensify, insights from the Randstad Award research will help employers find out why potential candidates choose one company over another and what factors determine the attractiveness of a workplace.”

The Randstad Award was first launched in Belgium in 1999. This marks the first time it has been awarded in the UK. The Randstad Award is the largest piece of employer branding research in the world, based on the views of over 100,000 jobseekers and workers in 14 countries. The Award has become a coveted accolade due to the unrivalled scale of the research on which it is based.

The complete global Randstad Award report, including results by gender, age and education, is available at www.randstadcom/press-room/research-reports . Country summaries are available at


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