UK Power Networks has been named as the best employer in London and the second overall in the UK in the Q1 2022 Best Big Companies to Work For list.
The list, which is put together by Big Companies Limited, utilises employee feedback to rank some of the UK’s largest companies and organisations. A new list is released every quarter, with the top honour in Q1 going to MBDA UK, a missile manufacturer based in Stevenage.
However, the hotly contested category of best employer in the nation’s capital went to UK Power Networks, the distribution network operator for London and the South East. It was the only big utility company to make the list, although when taking into account smaller firms, Octopus Energy managed to nab the top spot in the utility sector, with UK Power Networks coming second.
The Q1 Best Companies list is based on staff feedback, from more than 3,000 surveys between October and December 2021.
Employees had praised UK Power Networks for its development opportunities, including supported studies where the company gives staff time and funding to gain professional qualifications, a focus on employee well-being with regular webinars, and high levels of pride.
Andrew Pace, Director of HR at UK Power Networks, noted, “Making this list for an eighth consecutive year in our highest position and being named best in London reflects the continued work we are doing to be an employer of choice. We are agile in our thinking and listen to what would most help our staff.
“Our goal is continuous improvement and that means maintaining a focus on wellbeing and diversity and inclusivity so that every employee feels equally valued and has their individual needs met.
“For the company it was another year of strong performance and that reinforces our approach – we know that a happy workforce is a productive one.”