These are the most sought-after companies among job hunters

From supermarkets and retail chains to media and tech companies, these are the companies on our high streets that people are most desperate to work.

LinkedIn has just released its annual list of the UK’s top companies based on job searches and actions taken by its members on the website.

Spanning 12 industries, these are said to be the companies that the public yearns most desperately to work for.

Isabelle Roughol, Senior Managing editor, International at LinkedIn, said in her announcement on LinkedIn’s website: “The Top Companies list is based on the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn’s 500+ million members.

“Our data team, working with our global editorial team, analysed those actions to come up with a blended score ranking the winners in each country.

“They are on every British high street, lending to 1 in 4 first-time homebuyers or reaching nearly every one of our sitting rooms.

“They do vastly different things, but they have one thing in common: they are where the UK wants to work now.”

Many of those mentioned within the list have outlets and job vacancies right here in Cornwall.

1. John Lewis Partnership

As the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose, The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) currently employs 86,700 permanent staff across the country.

Partners of JLP can take advantage of its holiday centres across the UK, which include sailing clubs, a golf course, campsite, and exclusive suites at venues such as the O2.


The online clothing retailer has been described as a ‘Millennial-focused e-commerce powerhouse.’

ASOS plans to open more manufacturing centres in the UK over the next few years, adding 1,500 new jobs to its current staff roster of 2,700.

3. Arcadia Group

The apparel company is behind popular high street brands such as Topshop and Burton and employs many young people across the UK, including here in Cornwall.

Arcadia Group employs 24,000 staff worldwide. Refusing to sell any items with real fur, the company requires all its suppliers to sign an animal welfare declaration.

4. Harrods

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The retail store is said to be paying special attention to e-commerce this year. Ms Roughol reveals: “They’re looking for candidates with a mix of tech and retail skills — digital marketers, online stylists, UX designers, UI developers, and UEX architects.”

5. Liberty Global

The world’s largest international TV and broadbrand provide acquired its Virgin Media brand in 2013.

Liberty Global has 38,000 employees across the globe and sends its top senior talent to IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, for extra training.

6. Sainsbury’s

The UK’s second largest supermarket chain employs more than 160,000 people, with one in six having been with the company for 15 years or more.

Sainsbury’s is planning to hire 480 people in digital roles including data scientists, mobile developers, and even a change communication consultant.

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7. Virgin

Virgin Group is described as the “engine room” behind more than 60 different businesses, from space tourism to health clubs. It employs nearly 50,000 staff in the UK, out of over 70,000 worldwide.

Virgin Galactic could be bringing a space port to Newquay in the near future.

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8. Facebook

The social media juggernaut has a global staff headcount of 17,000 which cater to its 1.9 billion monthly active users.

Facebook is current on the lookout for those with a knowhow in software engineering, infrastructure, machine learning, data analytics and marketing.

9. BBC

The BBC currently employs close to 20,000 staff and has made a particular effort to be approachable to entry-level applicants through a series of videos and advice about how to apply and interview with them.

Around 96% of the UK population spends time with the BBC each week.

10. Alphabet

Still referred to as Google by many, Alphabet is famous for its dynamic workplaces which feature the likes of brightly-coloured bikes and foosball tables among its standard furniture.

The company employs more than 70,000 staff globally and set a long term goal in 2012 to use 100% renewable energy for its operations, which it is on track to hit this year.

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11. PwC UK

The accounting and professional services firm employs more than 20,000 staff.

PwC UK published its gender pay gap – 15.2% and 2.6% when adjusted by grades – and recruitment targets to bring more gender and ethnic diversity into its leadership.

Partner Euan Cameron was recently named PwC UK’s artificial intelligence leader. His team of more than 30 will help clients and PwC itself adapt to AI, automation and machine learning. The team is hiring and aims to grow to 200 by 2020.

12. Sky

Britain’s largest television operator has 25,000 employees across the UK and Ireland.

Sky employees receive free Sky Q television service, broadband, and discounted phone service.

13. The Co-op

The cooperative retailer and services firm is in the third year of its rebranding and currently employs close to 70,000 staff.

Although widely known as a food store chain, The Co-op is also the UK’s top provider of funeral services.

14. Richemont

The luxury group’s maisons include the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Piaget.

Richemont employs 29,000 people across the globe, two-thirds of whom are in Europe where most of its goods are manufactured.

15. Deloitte UK

The professional services firm employs 17,000 in the UK.

Deloitte’s Brightstart programme offers apprenticeship opportunities for those who didn’t follow a traditional educational path. The company hired 146 participants in 2016.

16. KPMG

KPMG UK is one of the largest members of the company’s global network, which provides audit, tax and advisory expertise.

It employs more than 13,000, including its 615 partners.

17. Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds was named employer of the year for LGBT people in the Stonewall Top 100 and started covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery through its employee healthcare plans last year.

The group has 75,000 UK employees.

18. Amazon

Having won its first BAFTA film award last year along with growing its Prime service by some “tens of millions” of new members, Amazon is seeking to increase its UK workforce by 25% this year (5,000 new jobs) to support its growth.

Amazon currently employs nearly 20,000 in the UK.

19. Selfridges Group

The retail company employs 10,000 across its four UK stores and other worldwide chains.

Selfridges employees volunteer with Dress for Success, an organisation that helps unemployed women get back in the workplace. The store also donates interview-appropriate clothing.

20. Burberry

The luxury goods and retail company has nearly 11,000 global employees.

Burberry celebrates diversity. As of last March, women accounted for 40% of senior management roles and 67% of the company’s overall workforce. The company is also a corporate member of OUTstanding, a network of LGBT senior executives.

21. Kier Group

With profits on the rise, Kier is in demand with a focus on hiring new staff.

The construction company has an emphasis on training, and says: “Instead of waiting for young people to learn the skills we want, we strive to provide those opportunities.”

The opportunities in question include trade apprenticeships, leadership programmes, and degree programmes for graduates who want to learn while working.

22. Interserve

With around 80,000 employees worldwide, Interserve is currently growing an apprenticehip programme to provide a path toward employment for those who have decided against going to university

With an interest in charity, The Interserve Employee Foundation encourages employees to give a day of paid leave to community organisations. In 2016, they completed 5,950 volunteering days and raised £246,000 in support of 320 charities.

23. BT

Last year saw BT become the UK’s largest mobile network following its acquisition of EE, on top of its telecom operations which range from fibre broadband to TV.

It has more than 80,000 UK employees, 4,200 of which were recruited in 2016. BT has plans to create a further 1,000 permanent UK jobs as part of its commitment to answer 90% of BT Consumer customers’ calls from within the UK.

24. PA Consulting Group

With 1,820 UK employees, PA Consulting Group aims to “uncover innovative solutions to its clients’ biggest challenges.”

If you want to work for them, the company says that candidates “need to have personal impact, drive, be passionate about what they do and be someone who embraces our values.”

25. Worldplay

Handling 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions every day, Worldplay is the UK’s largest payment processor.

The company employs 5,000 worldwide, 3,000 of which are in the UK. Worldplay has a focus on gender diversity and is a founding member of the FT 125 Women’s Forum.

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