Everton Football Club has been named one of the best places to work in the UK by The Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies is an annual ranking and survey of Britain’s finest employers and is widely acknowledged as one of the most extensive studies into employee engagement in the country.
As well as placing in the mid-sized companies category, Everton FC has been awarded a Best Companies accreditation status, which recognises the high levels of employee engagement at the Club.
Everton’s position in the list recognises the hard work, innovation and dedication shown by staff across the Football Club, which has helped cement its position as a leading workplace.
Following a business-wide survey, Everton was credited with scoring highly in the ‘My Company’ factor, which recognises the level of engagement Everton’s employees feel with their job and organisation. The Club also saw successes in the ‘Giving Something Back’ category which measured the extent by which staff members feel their organisation has a positive impact on society.
Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE, Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Everton, said: “Receiving this accolade from Best Companies and The Sunday Times shows that Everton is one of the best places to work in the UK, something we are all extremely proud of.
“The Club, Everton in the Community and Everton Free School are only as strong as its workforce and we have a lot of talented, dedicated and ambitious people who have grasped the opportunity to succeed and become leaders in their field. Our People Strategy has allowed us to take on feedback from our staff and create an inspired, inclusive and diverse workplace in which they can pursue the extraordinary.
“We have incorporated a host of changes to make this possible including a review of pay and benefits, enhanced internal communications, upgraded learning and development programmes and tangible opportunities for internal progression.
“As a football club and a heritage institution we contribute to the rich tapestry of our city region but I also think we must acknowledge how the city of Liverpool and Merseyside has helped play a part in our ranking. Liverpool is a great place to live, work and play – it’s friendly, vibrant, cultural, modern and fun which has helped us recruit and attract some of the finest talent - not just in the country but the world.”
Everton has also previously been named as the healthiest football club to work for in the UK by Health At Work and the Club is currently working on being part of the ‘Workplace Wellbeing Charter’. The Club was acknowledged by the Department of Work and Pensions for being awarded the ‘Disability Confident Employer’ status and in 2016 Everton were only the second Premier League football club to be accredited as a ‘Foundation Living Wage’ employer.
The Club is currently working on a relocation plan to move staff based at various buildings and offices around Goodison Park into one of the most recognisable buildings in the world on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, The Royal Liver Building. The move will ensure all of Everton’s Club staff are based under one roof which will help enhance internal communications, efficiencies for staff and provide improved working facilities.
The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies are published in The Sunday Times on 25 February 2018.