John Lewis is the most sought-after employer among professionals in the UK, LinkedIn reports


High street retailer John Lewis is the most sought-after employer among professionals in the UK, according to a new ranking released today by LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.

Based on analysis of the billions of actions of 20m members in the UK, LinkedIn’s Top Attractors list ranks Virgin Media and Harrods in second and third spots, whilst Google and PA Consulting take fourth and fifth places respectively, followed by ASOS and KPMG.

The full list of LinkedIn’s UK Top Attractors

1 John Lewis 14 EE
2 Virgin Media 15 Sainsburys
3 Harrods 16 Lloyds
4 Google 17 Facebook
5 PA Consulting Group 18 Travis Perkins
6 ASOS 19 Interserve
7 KPMG 20 Selfridges
8 Jaguar Land Rover 21 Deloitte UK
9 Amazon 22 Arcadia Group ltd
10 Burberry 23 House of Fraser
11 PwC 24 Marks and Spencer
12 Dixons Carphone 25 Net-a-porter Group
13 Carillion    

Harriet Hounsell, personnel director at John Lewis, said: “It’s a real honour to be named the most sought after employer in the UK. As a business that is owned by our Partners, attracting top talent to join us is integral to our success. It’s wonderful to know that potential new Partners are taking the time to interact with John Lewis on LinkedIn, a key platform for us, in order to get a sense for our brand.”

Dan Dackombe, director of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “In order to compete for the best candidates, employers today need to ensure they’re investing in their employer brand so the right talent can find them. Companies like John Lewis and the others in LinkedIn’s Top Attractors list are setting the benchmark for what it looks like to successfully engage their employees and develop an effective employer brand.”

The importance of culture in employer branding is reflected in new research from LinkedIn to mark the release of the Top Attractors list, which reveals what HR teams and recruiters should be looking to offer in order to attract top talent:

  • A strong corporate culture is key: 78% of UK workers say that they would not tolerate a bad culture, even if it meant working for the top company in their industry. The feeling is stronger among women than men (82% vs 74%)
  • Forget the corner office… professionals want flexibility: flexible and remote working are the most important non-financial perk for 44% of professionals. Just under one in four UK professionals (24%) would even trade a higher salary for more flexibility
  • Don’t forget salary: despite the appeal of an attractive culture and benefits, salary is still the biggest consideration for employees in the UK with nearly half (49%) rating it as an important factor when weighing up career opportunities.