A Top Employer

Essex & Suffolk Water, whose head office is based in Hanningfield, has received national recognition for being a top employer by securing 19th spot in the 2019 Sunday Times ’25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ list.

The company is part of the Northumbrian Water Group, which provides water services to 1.8 million customers in Essex and Suffolk, and water and waste services to 2.7 million customers in the North East. It employs 3,000 people across its northern and southern operating areas.

The prestigious event took place at The Battersea Evolution in London and saw some of the biggest employers come together to celebrate the best in employee engagement.

Essex & Suffolk Water’s Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Mottram, said: “To be recognised nationally as a top employer, and to be the only UK water company to feature in the latest Sunday Times list, is a fantastic achievement and something I feel very proud of.

“This recognition would not be possible without our amazing employees, who every day go above and beyond to help make it a great place to work.”

The company scored particularly well for encouraging employees to ‘Give Something Back’ to their local communities with 91% of respondents agreeing that Northumbrian Water Group encourages charitable activities. All employees are given a minimum of 15 hours paid time to volunteer in their local communities. 85% of respondents also believed they could make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation and 82% agreed that people in their team go out of their way to help them.

The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For survey measures employee engagement across a range of factors, including wellbeing, pay and benefits, personal growth and leadership.

The independent survey gives employees the chance to rate their employer and over 75% of Northumbrian Water Group’s employees took part in the survey giving their views.
Essex & Suffolk Water’s HR Director, Sarah Salter, said: “Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and achieving 75% engagement of employees taking part in the survey demonstrates this and I’m extremely proud.

“We are committed to making sure that Essex & Suffolk Water continues to be a great place for people to work, and being the best employer that we can. That way we can continue to attract the best people to come and work for us and help us deliver the very best service for our customers.”

Alongside being one of the world’s best companies to work for, NWG has also recently been named as one of ‘most ethical companies’ to work for in the UK.

For more information about the 2019 Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For and to find out who else made it on the list visit



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