Water firm named as best employer

The north east’s water company has been named as the best employer of its kind in the UK.

Northumbrian Water Group is ranked as the No 1 employer in the UK utilities sector in business media firm Bloomberg’s 2016 list of the country’s best companies to work for.

Louise Hunter, its director of corporate affairs, said: “We’re delighted to be named in the best UK employers list.”

“This external recognition confirms what our employees already tell us – that we’re a great place to work, and in our own employee survey, 81 per cent of people told us they are proud to work for the company.

“Perhaps some of the reasons why they think that are the support we give our people through our wellbeing programmes, the experiences and opportunities we provide for personal development, and the time we give to people to volunteer in their local communities.”

Since 2002, Northumbrian Water Group has given more than 100,000 hours back to north east communities via its employee volunteering scheme.

The company also supports 9,000 young people a year via its employability programme.

The best employers list is based on a survey from a cross-section of 15,000 people working for firms and other institutions with more than 500 employees in the UK.

It was conducted anonymously through online panels, allowing people to openly have their say without influence from their bosses.

Northumbrian Water Group, owned by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings, a Chinese consortium, employs more than 3,000 people.