A North East water company has topped the list of UK utility companies and been declared one of the best employers to work for in the UK.
Northumbrian Water Group, which has more than 3,000 employees, was ranked the number one employer in the UK utilities sector on the Best Employers UK 2016 list by business media firm Bloomberg.
The water company was also 21st on the list out of 400 businesses surveyed independently by Statista for Bloomberg, to discover the UK’s best employers.
Louise Hunter, Director of Corporate Affairs at Northumbrian Water Group, said: “We’re delighted to be named in the Best UK Employers list. This external recognition confirms what our employees already tell us - that we’re a great place to work, and in our own employee survey, 81% of people told us they are proud to work for the company.
“Perhaps some of the reasons why they think that are because of the support we give our people through our wellbeing programmes, the experiences and opportunities we provide for personal development, and the time we give to people to volunteer in their local communities.”
Since 2002, Northumbrian Water Group has given many hours back to local communities with its employee volunteering scheme, Just an hour.
The company also supports 9,000 young people a year with its employability programme.
The Best Employers list is based on a survey from a cross section of 15,000 people working for firms and or institutions with more than 500 employees in the UK. It was conducted anonymously through online panels, allowing people to openly have their say without influence from their employers.
The complete list of 400 firms across 25 industry sectors and the methodology can be found at the Bloomberg Best Employers UK 2016 site.
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About Northumbrian Water Group
Northumbrian Water Group contains the following companies and divisions: Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) provides water and sewerage services in the north east of England under the brand name Northumbrian Water and water services in the south east under the brand name Essex & Suffolk Water. It serves 2.6 million people in the north with water and sewerage services and 1.8 million people in the south with water services.