Asda is top company to work for

has been named top workplace in the annual Sunday Times Best Companies to Work
For survey.

whose employees’ average salary is £9,000, came fifth last year.

supermarket chain employees 116,867 staff, with annual full-time staff turnover
of just 2 per cent.

company offers employees share-options and run a competition where staff who
increase sales of a poorly-selling product can win the use of a Jaguar for a

second place this year was Microsoft – whose employees’ average salary is

gives staff free ice-creams and picnic blankets in summer and outdoor heaters
in winter, a free gym, and a wellbeing centre.

to avoid sick building syndrome, the firm pumps new air into its building eight
times an hour, and, to ensure employees don’t work too long, donates 10p to the
NSPCC each time workers go home before 5.30pm.

in the top hundred were; hi-fi retailer Richer Sounds (3rd), Goldman Sachs
(8th), Bacardi Martini (9th), Capital Radio (27th), Pret a Manger (34th),
Debenhams (80th), Pizza Express (85th), Ernst and Young (87th), and Tescos

Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said: "This exercise is
not about political correctness but recognition of an economic fact – a happy
workforce is not only good for employees, but essential for success."

By Quentin Reade

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