A total of 98 organisations in the UK and Ireland have been named in the 2021 global list of Top Employers.

The list compiled by Top Employers Institute includes new entrants Dunnhumby, ABB UK, FedEx Express UK and LTI UK.

Employers who have been long-running features of the UK and Ireland list include DHL, HCL, IG, Rider Levitt Bucknall, RM PLC, Saffery Champness, and Weightmans LLP.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, other notable employers named on the list for 2021 are NHS Professionals, Oakland Care and Pfizer UK.

To be certified for inclusion in the annual list, participating employers are benchmarked via a rigorous analysis of their HR practices. The information from organisations – looking at people practices across key HR themes (Steer, Shape, Attract, Develop, Engage, Unite – is then audited independently to ensure the integrity of the processes and data.

Phil Sproston, Regional Manager (UK and Ireland) at Top Employers Institute, said: “More than ever in 2021, people need good employers. A crisis like the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark illustration of the essential role of employers as the glue in people’s lives, providing purpose, structure and rewards. They’re the glue for communities and whole societies.

“A Top Employer needs to demonstrate how they keep putting people first and are pro-active in providing the best working environments possible in the circumstances. In our current context that means ensuring there’s flexibility, understanding and creative thinking behind the provision of support.”

The 2021 Top Employers list (84 in the UK and a further 14 in Ireland) was announced as part of a global online Certification Celebration on 28 January. More than 12,000 HR leaders will gather virtually to take part in sessions for sharing best practice and discussion of trends and challenges. Keynote speakers involved include Professor Mariana Mazzucato from University College London (named by GQ as one of the UK’s 50 most influential people in 2020); Dr Thomas Ogilvie, Labour Director, DHL Group; Mechell Chetty, HR Vice President for Unilever Africa; Sergio Ezama, Chief Talent Officer at Pepsico; Rosa Lee, Executive Vice President, Bosch China; and CEO of Top Employers Institute, David Plink.

In the past year, the Top Employers Institute Global Certification Programme certified and recognised more than 1 691 Top Employers in more than 120 countries and regions across five continents. To be eligible for participation, organisations must have at least 250 local or 2 500 international employees, as well as advanced, formalised HR practices.

Details of Certification and the Top Employers Certification Celebration can be found at: www.top-employers.com/en/event/certification-celebration-2021/

The full list of Top Employers in the UK:





Alphabet (GB) Limited

Alstom UK

Amadeus IT Services UK Ltd

Avanade UK Ltd

Avon Cosmetics Ltd

Bentley Motors

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Boehringer Ingelheim UK

Bouygues Construction

British American Tobacco UK

BSH Home Appliances

Bureau Veritas UK

Canon Europe Limited




Cognizant Worldwide Limited

Dana UK Axle Limited

DHL Global Forwarding United Kingdom

DHL International (UK) Ltd

DHL Parcel UK Ltd

DHL Supply Chain


East Midlands Railway


Experian Limited UK

Faurecia – United Kingdom

FedEx Express

FirstPort Ltd

Foster + Partners

GroupM UK Limited


HCL Technologies UK Ltd.

Huawei Technologies (UK) Co., Ltd.


Imperial Brands UK

Infosys Limited

International SOS


Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Kuehne + Nagel Ltd

Lidl Northern Ireland Limited


LTI (Larsen & Toubro Infotech)

Mitie Group plc

Molson Coors Beverage Company


NHS Professionals

Nice-Pak International

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Oakland Care


Orange Business Services

PepsiCo UK

Perfetti Van Melle – PVM UK

Pfizer UK

Philip Morris Limited

Phoenix Group



Reckitt Benckiser PLC

Rider Levett Bucknall UK Limited

RM plc

Saffery Champness LLP


Sandoz Limited UK


Santander UK



Securitas Security Services UK

Takeda UK Limited

Tata Consultancy Services

Travis Perkins Plc


Virtusa UK Limited

Weightmans LLP

Whirlpool Corporation


Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

And the list in Ireland:

Avanade Ireland

Infosys Ireland

JTI Ireland

Aspiegel Limited

Huawei Ireland

Novartis Ireland

CHEP Ireland

DHL Supply Chain Ireland

PJ Carroll (British American Tobacco)

DHL Global Forwarding Ireland

Saint Gobain Ireland

Takeda Ireland

Imperial Brands Ireland

Lidl Ireland

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.