Tesco named as one of Britain's Top Employers

22 Mar 2013

The UK’s biggest retailer has today been named as one of the top employers in Britain. Tesco is one of the few companies to have received Britain’s Top Employers 2013 certification from the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) Institute, based on a survey of the key benefits, training schemes and opportunities for career development open to colleagues.

The UK’s biggest retailer has today been named as one of the top employers in Britain.  Tesco is one of the few companies to have received Britain’s Top Employers 2013 certification from the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) Institute, based on a survey of the key benefits, training schemes and opportunities for career development open to colleagues. 

Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban MP, congratulated Tesco, saying: “Tesco is a business whose commitment to creating UK jobs, and investing in the education and skills of its people, has not waivered despite the difficult economic climate.  Through their Regeneration Partnership stores, they have led the way in supporting the long-term unemployed back into work, and this recognition as one of Britain’s Top Employers is well deserved.”

Tesco was particularly noted for its excellent employee benefits and strong company culture.  The company is one of the few FTSE 100 companies still to offer a defined benefit pension scheme, and last year won the top award for Pension Scheme of the Year at the ‘Professional Pensions’ awards.   

In 2012, Tesco announced a £1bn turnaround programme in the UK and investment in ‘Service and Staff’ was one of the six points in that plan.  Since then, more than 8,000 new colleagues have joined the company, and half-a-million hours of customer service training have taken place in stores. 

Through its Regeneration Partnership schemes, Tesco has also helped 800 long-term unemployed people back into work over the past year alone, taking the total number employed through the scheme to more than 5,000.  Last year, the retailer also promised to offer 10,000 places for colleagues to build their skills through its Apprenticeship programme by 2014, and is well on the way to achieving that.

Judith Nelson, Personnel Director for the UK, said For me, working for Tesco is all about opportunity.  It doesn’t matter at what level you join the business, you always have a chance to get on. That’s why so many people stay and build their careers with us, and I’m thrilled that Tesco has been recognised as one of Britain’s Top Employers.”

In 2010, Tesco colleague Matthew Barlow decided against going to university and joined Tesco’s Trainee Management Programme in stores instead.  He said “I chose Tesco because it actively looks to develop young people and is well known for launching hugely successful careers.  Tesco also looks after its people well and has a really good pension scheme, which is important to me as I want to plan for my future.”  

 

Notes to Editors:

The CRF Institute, a specialist in the field of international research into HR management and working conditions, has just completed this year’s research into the HR policies and practices of a large number of employers in Britain.

The organisations examined were assessed on the following criteria: Primary Benefits, Secondary Benefits and Working Conditions, Training and Development, Career Development, and Culture Management. Only those organisations that met the stringent research criteria received the Britain’s Top Employers certification.

For more information about the CRF Institute and the research, go to www.britainstopemployers.co.uk.

For more information about working for Tesco, go to www.tescoplc.com or www.tesco-careers.com

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01992 644645

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