The 10 best remote employers of the UK

26 November 2020 2 min. read

New research has identified the best UK employers for people who want to work from home. According to the study, technology firms unsurprisingly dominate the leading companies for remote work, while Arup is the highest ranking consulting firm to feature in the list.

While firms have been steadily digitising their operations within the traditional space of the office, the uptake of remote work in most industries had been relatively slow until 2020. The lockdown brought in to fight the Covid-19 pandemic saw companies become more reliant on decentralised digital operation systems than ever before, as staff began working from home in unprecedented numbers across the world.

While this did expose firms to a number of challenges, including blind-spots in their cyber security, and a lack of quality digital training regimes to help keep staff engaged, it did also pose a number of major opportunities. If firms were agile enough to adapt to the new environment, supporting workers with things like flexible work schedules, mental and physical health support, and the provision of digital social events, many saw that productivity could actually improve.

The 10 best remote employers of the UK

A new analysis from employment site has examined which firms managed the transition to remote work best, and subsequently been used to rank the UK’s best employers for remote workers. Taking into account key factors including job security, work/life balance, average salary for remote roles, benefits, company culture and more, pharmaceutical firm IQVIA was ranked the best remote employer in the UK – and was also found to have more vacancies than the other companies listed. Beyond that, however, tech firms dominated the ranking, with six out of the best 10 firms receiving the highest scores across the categories.

Of the tech firms, Bit Zesty was the best performer, particularly in terms of its management and culture – but it was closely followed by Veeva Systems and Zaizi, both of which boast a greater number of vacancies for those looking to take up a new remote role in technology work. NotOnTheHighStreet, Kwalee and Microsoft rounded off the industry’s presence in the leading 10 companies.

Arup was the consulting industry’s leading representative for remote work, with the engineering specialist ranking fifth on the list. Arup performed especially strongly in terms of employer recognition in terms of its work, and management culture. Meanwhile, energy firm Auger and finance company Phoenix Group were also lauded across the categories being assessed – particularly in terms of job security and advancement.