Top 25 best workplaces in the UK to build and sustain a career according to LinkedIn


Revealed: the top 25 best workplaces in the UK to build and sustain a career according to LinkedIn – with Barclays and Tesco coming out on top

  • LinkedIn has released its top 25 firms to build and sustain a long-term profession
  • Barclays and Tesco are best places to work in the UK to establish a lasting career
  • Dominating this year’s list are number of sectors that have successfully adapted to meet the challenges of the pandemic, as well as the changing world of work 

Barclays and Tesco are the best places to work in the UK if you’re keen to progress up the career ladder, according to new research.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has released its top 25 firms to build and sustain a long-term profession.

Now in its fifth year, the Top Companies List identifies the organisations in the UK that offer growth, skills development opportunities and job stability to its employees.

During what has been a particularly challenging year for many businesses, it shines a light on the companies that have demonstrated they can provide its workers with the opportunity to grow – both internally and after they have left. 

The list is compiled based on actions taken on the platform by LinkedIn’s 30 million UK members between January and December 2020, including the company’s stability and gender diversity as well as skills growth and ability to advance internally.

LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, has released its top 25 firms in the UK to build and sustain a long-term profession (stock image)

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has released its top 25 firms in the UK to build and sustain a long-term profession (stock image)

Barclays, which offers a robust mentoring programme and compulsory training modules to employees as part of wider diversity and inclusion commitments, has taken the top spot on the list. 

It’s followed by Tesco, which has claimed the number two spot for the first time and provides a range of skills-based resources to help employees grow in digital confidence. 

NatWest Group, coming in at number three, also boasts a strong skills development offering for workers. 

Dominating this year’s list are a number of sectors that have successfully adapted to meet the challenges of the pandemic, as well as the changing world of work.

The financial services, technology, supermarket and online retail sectors are well-represented, reflective of changing consumer behaviours. 

LINKEDIN’S 25 BEST COMPANIES TO GROW YOUR CAREER

1. Barclays

2. Tesco  

3. NatWest Group  

4. BT  

5. PwC UK  

6. Deloitte  

7. Sainsbury’s  

8. EY  

9. Upwork  

10. BBC  

11. Bloomberg LP  

12. Amazon   

13. American Express 

14. JPMorgan Chase & Co.  

15. Cisco

16. Wipro Limited 

17. Alphabet  

18. Accenture  

19. Unilever  

20. AstraZeneca  

21. eBay  

22. NFU Mutual  

23. Stryker  

24. Bristol Myers Squibb  

25. G-Research 

With people spending more time at home over the past year, almost everything has moved online. In particular, the retail sector has seen a real shift when it comes to consumer shopping habits, as many move towards a virtual shopping experience. 

In turn, Tesco and Sainsbury’s (which ranked seventh in the list) – both of which saw an increase in online shopping sales during the pandemic – make their debut on the list, alongside Amazon (at 12) and eBay (at 21). 

The growth of online retail has created a huge need for roles within functions such as warehouse management, logistics and delivery.

Siobhan Morrin, news editor at LinkedIn said: ‘In this time of incredible uncertainty, bringing our vision of creating economic opportunity for all members of the global workforce to life is more important than ever, so we wanted to deliver timely and relevant content that can help professionals better navigate this evolving landscape. 

Barclays, which offers a robust mentoring programme and compulsory training modules to employees as part of wider diversity and inclusion commitments, has taken the top spot on the list

Barclays, which offers a robust mentoring programme and compulsory training modules to employees as part of wider diversity and inclusion commitments, has taken the top spot on the list

Barclays, which offers a robust mentoring programme and compulsory training modules to employees as part of wider diversity and inclusion commitments, has taken the top spot on the list

‘With millions of people in the UK out of work, the Top Companies list provides a helpful resource of companies that offer skills development and stability, giving our members that added confidence when taking that first step towards their next opportunity.’

Tristram Roberts, group HR director at Barclays commented: ‘The past year has challenged and tested us in previously unimaginable ways, but our priority throughout the pandemic has been to support our colleagues both professionally and personally. 

‘We have introduced new working patterns to help people balance home and work commitments; offered paid leave for those with dependents; and given our colleagues direct access to independent advice and support on protecting their mental health.

‘We have also successfully made the transition to virtual delivery for programmes supporting early careers, diversity and inclusion, and our colleagues’ professional development. I am immensely proud of how Barclays colleagues from around the world have come together to support customers, clients and each other through these unprecedented times.’ 



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