JD Wetherspoon credited as a UK Top Employer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Award-winning: It is the 19th time that the pubco has been certified by the Top Employers Institute
Award-winning: It is the 19th time that the pubco has been certified by the Top Employers Institute

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JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer United Kingdom 2024.

It is the 19th​ time that the pubco 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 an 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 & 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.

“JDW 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 JDW.”

Tim Martin Knighthood

This comes after JDW chairman Tim Martin received a knighthood​ for his services to hospitality and culture in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.

Martin said: “Above all, JDW’s success has been due to a team effort over 44 years. Very many thanks indeed to the customers, colleagues, suppliers, designers, contractors and others, present and departed, who have contributed to this honour.”

In The Morning Advertiser​​’s Review of the Week​​ recently, Oakman Group’s Peter Borg-Neal praised Martin​​, saying: “It was interesting seeing the reaction to Tim Martin getting a knighthood.

“I thought it was bizarre how some people complained about it. Whether you like him or not, it’s irrelevant. If you look what that man has done in terms of jobs created and the tax he contributes to the country and you compare it to some of the pathetic appointments made by the Liz Truss administration, for anyone to say he didn’t deserve to be knighted – it’s just laughable.”

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