Top employer honour for JDW

By Gary Lloyd

- Last updated on GMT

Top employer status recognised: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin
Top employer status recognised: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin

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JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer in the United Kingdom 2023.

It is the 18th time JDW has been certified by the Top Employers Institute – the independent organisation behind the Top Employers accreditation.

To achieve Top Employer certification, participating organisations are assessed by the Top Employers Institute via a rigorous analysis of their people practices.

The HR Best Practices survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics across the business and employee lifecycle, including people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion.

The information is then validated and audited independently by the Top Employers Institute to ensure the integrity of the processes and data.

Extremely proud

JDW people director Tom Ball said: “We are extremely proud to be considered among the best employers in the United Kingdom, particularly as the recognition comes from an independent organisation, which researches numerous companies.

“The company employs more than 41,000 staff across its pubs in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, as well as at its head office.

“Wetherspoon is committed to offering employees the best opportunities to succeed and grow within the company, including studying for qualifications and apprenticeships.

“This is evident in the number of staff progressing to more senior positions at Wetherspoon.”

Partnership 20+ years ago

Last week, JDW announced it has raised £21m for its chosen charity Young Lives vs Cancer​. The partnership began almost 20 years ago with a target of £500,000.

The pub company began the year with a sale that saw some pints priced as low as 99p​ between 3-17 January.

JDW chairman Tim Martin said the time: “Department stores and shops hold their sales in January, so it is the perfect time to have a sale in the pub too.”

Shortly before Christmas, news broke that the business was set to shut three sites​ – one on New Year’s Eve and two more in early 2023.

The move followed news that 39 sites had already been placed on the market with 32 on sale from September​ and a further seven​ in November.

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