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Nickerson: "Creative, intelligent and sustainable HR practices" commended by the CRF Institute

Author: Robin Roberts

Vauxhall, Bentley and LeasePlan operate businesses which are examples to the rest of UK industry and commerce, and are feature in the list of top employers recognised last night in an awards ceremony in London.


Some of the country’s best employers are forecasting slower growth for the next year and are responding to the continued economic uncertainty by offering more flexible benefits, segmented employee offerings and improved career development programmes.

These are among the latest findings from the 2012 Britain’s Top Employers research. The CRF Institute, the company behind this annual project, has just announced the 12th annual list of companies to be certified as Britain’s Top Employers, based upon research into their HR practices and employee offerings. This year, 67 companies have been certified.  

Vauxhall and Bentley were the only car makers who made it into the list. From the automotive services sector, business car leasing company LeasePlan were picked as among the best inBritain.

The organisations examined were assessed based on the following criteria: Primary Benefits, Secondary Benefits & Working Conditions, Training & Development, Career Development, and Company Culture Management. The research is audited by a third party, Grant Thornton, and only those organisations that met the stringent research criteria received the Top Employers certification.

Eleanor Nickerson, Country Manager,Britain’s Top Employers (above) said, “This year we’re proud to certify our strongest group of Top Employers to date. We’re seeing creative, intelligent and sustainable HR practices and employee offerings that ensure the working experience is positive, and that employee groups get what they want from their employment.

“Employee engagement is still the top overall HR priority for organisations and we’re seeing a heavy emphasis on flexible benefits, on segmented employee offerings and on career development that ensures employee growth and successful succession planning.”

The CRF Institute, a specialist in the field of international research into HR management and working conditions, has just completed the research behind Britain’s Top Employers, which focuses on the HR practices and employee offerings of a large number of employers in the UK.

In 2010 the CRF Institute awards recognised 46 businesses, last year that rose to 58 and this year it has approached 70 in total.

Nickerson continued, “We’ve seen the trends that emerged in 2011 continue to steadily grow in the 2012 research. Employers are still investing heavily in career development, with the overall scoring in this area increasing for most organisations. Whereas the HR priorities for the majority of our Top Employers are still employee engagement, talent management and leadership development, with the economic uncertainty we’ve also seen more companies forecasting workforce shrinkage, and as a result recruitment & staffing as a function have risen back up into the top 5 HR priorities.”

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