Everton Football Club has been named one of the best places to work in the UK for the second year running.
The Blues have been included in the 2019 ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For’, an annual ranking and survey of Britain’s finest employers which is widely acknowledged as one of the most extensive studies into employee engagement in the country.
Everton improved on last year’s position by climbing 25 places in the list, from 96th to 71st, having become the first football club to feature in the rankings in 2018.
As well as improving its position in the prestigious list, the Club has also moved from 1 to 2 Star Best Companies accreditation status in the space of a year, which is further recognition of the Blues’ ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement.
Over the last 12 months Everton has introduced a number of employee benefits including enhanced maternity and paternity pay, a staff suggestion scheme, upgraded learning and development programmes, and tangible opportunities for internal progression.
The Club has also relocated its offices from Goodison Park to new state-of-the-art facilities at the iconic Royal Liver Building, providing staff with a first-class working environment.
Kim Healey, People Director at Everton Football Club, said: “We’re very proud to have been named in the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For’ list for a second year running.
“We take immense pride in being ‘The People’s Club’ and not only do we put our loyal supporters first, we also place huge importance on staff welfare.
“Over the last 12 months we’ve introduced a range of employee benefits and our move to the iconic Royal Liver Building has also helped to improve the working environment and enhance internal communications.”
In 2016 Everton became only the second Premier League club to be accredited as a Living Wage employer and is one of only four clubs in the league currently Living Wage accredited.
Furthermore, Everton was one of only 14 companies to be invited to become a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation, which allows the Club to help shape the Living Wage movement and have invaluable input into best practices.
Citizens UK, the body responsible for the Living Wage Foundation, recently hailed the Blues as a ‘shining example’ for other sports organisations and football clubs to follow.
Jonathan Austin, CEO and Founder of Best Companies, said: “I would like to congratulate Everton on their achievement. Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace.
“Organisations like Everton have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a best company to work for.”
The full list of Sunday Times 100 Best Companies will be published in The Sunday Times on 24 February 2019.