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Forbes honours county firms in top 700 employers

Who's the best employer in Gloucestershire? Who's good at listening and implementing staff wishes and adjusting to the post-pandemic work culture? Global media company Forbes might have some worthwhile insight before you sign that contract.

After gathering the views of 170,000 full-time and part-time staff from multinational companies in more than 50 nations, Forbes has come up with a hit parade of the best 700 bosses you might find – and many employers in Gloucestershire and the surrounding commute are firmly on the global map, rubbing corporate shoulders with the likes of Ferrari, Hugo Boss, Samsung, Microsoft and Apple.

Gloucester's Safran Landing Systems, an integral element of the French defence, aircraft and communication tech giant which which employs 83,000 globally, was recognised at 61st position in the list, while BAE System, which has a base at Brockworth Business Park and was recently recognised for its contribution to the county's prosperity , was cited at number 144.

Elsewhere in aerospace and defence, Forbes, which used data compiled by number crunchers at Statista, ranked Bristol-employers Airbus just outside the global top 10 with a position at number 11, while Boeing achieved the 57th slot.

In finance, Lloyds Banking Group, based at Barnwood, does not seem to have suffered from employee disatisfaction in the wake of its recent tightening up of working from home  stipulations. The banking giant, which employs 58,000 globally, came in at number 258.

Wiltshire-based Dyson also sucked up the accolade of a ranking at 119 for its working conditions, while if you take a retail role you might want to check the index for well-known brands: many are not in the top 700, but Aldi ranked at 360, with Tesco pipping the German brand with a position at number 210. 

John Lewis Parnership's well-reported ethos of staff care meanwhile helped the brand to a listing at 495. Costco, incidentally, is a top-ten employer in Forbes rankings, at number eight.

Perhaps less known for its public profile, life science and biotechnology specialists Sartorius, who are based in Göttingen, Germany, and have 15,000 employees overall, delivered a huge shout-out for Stonehouse Park, near Stroud, where the company operates a major techical centre, Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd.

As reported in August 2022 , Sartorius develops and manufactures consumable devices from here for scientists working in medical research and food and beverage testing laboratories all over the world.

The accolade is also timely for the Stonehouse employer: planners at Stroud District Council this week signed off fine details on a project to build a 4,881 sq m extension and the company has indicated that the planning permission signals increased lab operations which will lead to a

local workforce expansion to 250.

A spokesperson for Forbes said: "To determine the ranking, we surveyed more than 170,000 employees in over 50 countries who work for multinational companies and institutions. Respondents were asked whether they would recommend their company to family or friends, and to rate their employer based on such criteria as talent development, remote working options, parental leave benefits, diversity, work-life balance and pride in the product or services the company offers. Participants could also rate companies within their own industries and countries."

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