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The 50 best places to work in the UK in 2021

Suban Abdulla
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Business across a range of sectors are featured on the list, including finance, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and food.Photo: Getty

While the coronavirus pandemic saw unemployment figures rise in 2020, recruitment website Glassdoor has revealed the 50 best places in the UK to work and thrive in 2021.

Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards list is complied using feedback from employees who post anonymous company reviews on the website.

It takes into consideration, the advantages and disadvantages or working for certain firms, feedback on management styles and wages, as well as company culture and opportunities for growth.

Topping the list of 50 companies is US cloud-based software firm, Salesforce (CRM), which received a 4.5 rating out of 5 for a “friendly” company culture. According to a senior customer success manager at the firm, Salesforce “prioritises employees' wellbeing and development, not just revenue generation.”

US technology giant Microsoft (MSFT) came in second in the UK, with a 4.4 rating and protein research tool company Abcam (ABC.L) came in third place. Alphabet owned, Google (GOOG) and IT infrastructure provider Softcat (SF5.F) came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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There were 19 new entries on Glassdoor’s list this year, while seven companies rejoined the top 50 firms in 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the food sector four food chains also made the list.

Business across a range of sectors are featured on the list, including finance, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and food.

Here’s a full list of the top 50 firms to work in the UK in 2021:

  1. Salesforce (CRM)

  2. Microsoft (MSFT)

  3. Abcam (ABC.L)

  4. Google (GOOG)

  5. Softcat (SF5.F)

  6. GTB

  7. Apple (AAPL)

  8. Bella Italia

  9. SAP (SAP)

  10. Facebook (FB)

  11. Sky Betting & Gaming

  12. Nando’s UK & Ireland

  13. Astrazeneca (AZN.L)

  14. JP Morgan (JPM)

  15. American Express (AXP)

  16. Sage (SGE.L)

  17. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

  18. Mace

  19. Majestic Wine (WINE.L)

  20. Just Eat (JET.L)

  21. Shell Energy Retail

  22. Siemens (SIE.DE)

  23. The Bodyshop

  24. AXA UK (CS.PA)

  25. Goldman Sachs (GS)

  26. Cromwell Tools

  27. IFS (IFS)

  28. Dell Technologies (DELL)

  29. Network Rail

  30. Anglian Water

  31. Mondelez International (MDLZ)

  32. Deloitte

  33. Capgemini Invent (CAP.PA)

  34. Taylor Wimpey (TW.L)

  35. CarShop

  36. BAT

  37. Morgan Stanley (MS)

  38. Bank of America (BAC)

  39. BlackRock (BLK)

  40. Royal London

  41. Arm

  42. Waitrose & Partners

  43. Wagamama

  44. Cisco Systems (CSCO)

  45. Jacobs

  46. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L)

  47. Awin

  48. Walt Disney (DIS)

  49. Greggs (GRG.L)

  50. Shell (RDSB.L)

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