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Balfour Beatty

Rating: Silver

Balfour Beatty offers graduate, undergraduate, apprentice and trainee schemes. The firm has hired 500 graduates in the last three years. Between 1999 and 2007 the employment of women rose by around seven per cent and the employment of ethnic minorities rose by around four per cent. Pay and benefits reward individual and collective performance and ensure that all applicants and employees receive equal treatment. The firm tries to promote from within and says it has an open, challenging and participative environment. It has done well in the Construction News Quality Awards people categories in the last few years and is an Investor In People.

Annual turnover: £9.4 billion

Staff: 40,000

Staff turnover: not disclosed

Annual leave: not disclosed

Career breaks: not disclosed

Graduates: Yes

Apprentices: Yes

CN says: The giant which manages to have a human touch.

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