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Rating: Bronze

Family firm Wates was founded in 1897 and the fourth generation now runs the company. Employees enjoy health care, child care vouchers, retail discounts and a £250 contribution towards flexible benefits. It also offers 26 days leave a year. Each year the firm asks staff to help identify areas where working life could be improved. An independent Ipsos Mori poll found that 94 per cent of employees are committed to the business and prepared to go the extra mile. Wates also hosts an annual community day where all staff spend a day helping local projects. This year’s theme is care in the community. It has done well in the Construction News Quality Awards people categories over the years.

Rating: Bronze

Annual turnover: £1 billion

Staff: 2,200

Staff turnover: 8.8 per cent

Annual leave: 26 days

Career breaks: Yes

Graduates: Yes

Apprentices: Yes

CN says: Mega firm which keeps it in the family.

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