Notts based national construction firm named second best company to work for

Willmott Dixon puts construction on map of Midlands’ best employers as its named second best company to work for.

Nottingham-based construction company Willmott Dixon has been named the second best company to work for in the Midlands.

The family-owned company put the construction industry on the employment map by being the sector’s only company to achieve a top ten place in the Midlands version of the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. These lists are compiled through anonymous feedback given by employees to questions focusing on eight key areas. The results are totalled and a final score is produced, ranking each company.

It comes days after the CITB predicted that 168,500 construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years, providing an even greater need for the industry to showcase it credentials as a place for people to choose for their careers. In its annual Construction Skills Network report, the CITB said its jobs prediction was 10,000 more than in last year’s forecast, with CITB also claiming construction employment will reach 2.79 million by 2023.

Willmott Dixon’s high place came after strong feedback by its people in areas like the opportunities it offers its people, including access to either free or subsidised fitness facilities, availability of health insurance, generous maternity leave periods, profit-related payments to employees, support for non-work related development, and flexibility for school hour contracts.

In particular, their people responded positively on questions of personal growth (89% of respondents), encouragement to take part in charitable activities (98%), and feeling that people within the organisation can make a valuable contribution towards its success (96%).

This follows the company being named the fourth best company to work for at the Best Companies national awards, in February.

Peter Owen, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said:

“The CITB has again highlighted the skill challenge construction is facing. To fill this gap, we need a larger proportion of young people to choose construction as their career. It’s a tough task as we’re competing with every other sector to attract the best talent, so achieving second place in the Midlands version of the Sunday Times Best Companies list is one way we can help our industry stand out as a great place to work.

“We know many people use the Best Companies list as a guide when choosing who they would like to apply for jobs with, so I hope this will help people see construction as a place to enjoy a rewarding and satisfying career.”

The company, which has 1,693 full time staff, has an employee turnover of just 7% and is currently active on over 100 sites throughout the UK.

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