Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

LinkedIn uncovers the UK’s most sought-after employers of 2015

British fashion retailers remain popular career destinations; Internet and tech companies also dominate

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today revealed the most sought after places to work among its 19 million UK members, with its 2015 ranking of the 20 Most InDemand Employers.

British retailers and US tech giants remain high on people’s employer wish list, with department store John Lewis the top-ranking UK-based employer, Selfridges a new entry, and online retailer one of the biggest risers in 2015. Google is the most in-demand employer for an astonishing fourth year in a row, while Apple has moved up to second on the list.

Amazon, British Airways, Goldman Sachs and Rolls-Royce have all dropped out of the top 20 over the last twelve months, making way for seven new entrants; Selfridges, Facebook, The Walt Disney Company, Net-A-Porter, Topshop, Diageo and McKinsey

Top 20 most in-demand employers among the UK’s LinkedIn members

Google (-)
Apple (+1)
John Lewis (-1) (+8)
Shell (+1)
BBC (-1)
Selfridges (NE)
Facebook (NE)
Microsoft (-2)
BP (-6)
Unilever (-3)
Burberry (-2)
The Walt Disney Company (NE)
ITV (-3)
The Net-A-Porter Group (NE)
Harrods (-)
Niageo (NE)
Carillion (-2)
McKinsey & Company (NE)

Yvette Bloxham-Smith, Head of Resourcing at John Lewis commented, “Our Partners are co-owners in our business, this makes it especially important that we find the right people for our unique culture and environment.​ To attract and select talent, we leverage our employer brand alongside a robust recruitment and selection approach to identify the best candidates to become Partners.”The announcement of the fourth annual ranking of top employers was made at LinkedIn’s Talent Connect event in London, its flagship event for the recruitment industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Commenting on the UK ranking, Chris Brown, Director LinkedIn Talent Solutions, said: “This list represents the organisations that have most successfully built their employer brand and who use this to engage great potential candidates online. They have identified what makes them special, what they can offer their employees, and have taken full advantage of digital and social media to bring this to life.”

LinkedIn research from earlier this year found that UK companies with poor reputations as employers face higher wage bills and a smaller pool of candidates to choose from when hiring, potentially adding up to an increased wage bill of more than £4m a year for a 10,000-strong company.

Further information, including the list of top 100 in-demand employers across EMEA, can be found on the LinkedIn Talent Solution blog.