Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Sunday Times ranking is 'worth its weight in gold' on recruitment front

Civil engineering's image as a great profession to belong to was boosted last week as nine consultants and three contractors made it in to the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2008 list.

The best-performing firm was Bristol-based consultant Hydrock, ranked 4th out of 311 entries in the 'mid-sized' companies category. Mott MacDonald was the best-performing big firm, ranking eighth in the 20 Best Big Companies to Work For list.

In a time of acute skills shortages, many firms find the high-profile listing an extremely effective recruiting tool.

"You could easily spend £10,000 hiring two or three people through an agency," said Atkins head of recruitment Karen Wallbridge. "So if you bear in mind the thousands employed throughout Atkins in the UK [a good rating] is definitely worth its weight in gold."

A Hydrock spokesman said inclusion in the listings for the past three years has helped them attract engineers during the skills shortage, while maintaining a staff turnover rate of just 3%.

Hydrock was accompanied in the top 50 of the mid-sized category by consultants Ramboll Whitbybird and Arup, and contractor Pearce Group. Atkins and Mouchel joined Mott MacDonald

Best companies to work for

TOP 100 (mid-sized)

Ranking Company
4th Hydrock
26th Ramboll Whitbybird
37th Pearce Group
41st Arup
55th Mace
60th Faber Maunsell
78th Birse Civils
80th Turner & Townsend
92nd Royal Haskoning

TOP 20 (big companies)

Ranking Company
8th Mott MacDonald
13th Atkins
16th Mouchel

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs