Glassdoor have published their annual report on which companies provide the best work-life balance, and a recruiter has come out on top!

Glassdoor have gathered employee reviews (each company must have over 50 reviews to be eligible) and created a work-life balance score. The average score for the UK is 3.2, and Goodman Masson, a financial recruiter have come out on top with a score of 4.3. Glassdoor said of the winners: “Brilliant people, working culture, genuine care for employees and a care for producing a quality service and beating market competition.”

Below are the top 20 companies which offer the best work-life balance in the UK:

Company Specialism Balance rating
Apple Technology 3.7
Lloyds Bank Bank 3.7
Waitrose Retail 3.7
John Lewis Retail 3.7
Rolls Royce Engineering 3.8
Credit Suisse Bank 3.8
Telefonica Telecoms 3.8
Atkins Engineering 3.9
Kantar Worldpanel Market Research 3.9
Thomson Reuters Technology Intelligence 4
Unilever FMCG 4
ARM Holdings Tech – Microchip 4
Peninsula Business Services Employment Law/HR 4
BP Oil 4
American Express Personal Finance 4.1
ScrewFix Builders Merchant 4.1
LOLA Staffing Temporary Recruiter 4.2
HoneServe UK Home Insurance 4.2
Cisco Systems Telecoms/Systems 4.2
Goodman Masson Financial Recruiter 4.3


Bear in mind this list will largely exclude start-ups and upcoming tech companies, known for their fun offices, perks and also work-life balance. This list only includes companies who’ve had over 50 reviews within one year, and many start-ups don’t have that many employees.

The country’s average score of 3.2 has been consistent since 2013, showing that in this survey things are pretty much staying the same. Diarmuid Russell, Vice President of international for Glassdoor said, “Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough in today’s environment, with ever-increasing demands on our time. However, as millions of UK employees head back to work after enjoying the August Bank Holiday, our report shows there are companies that offer a good balance between their home and work life. What’s encouraging for job seekers is that there are representatives here from many industries, including recruitment, tech, finance, manufacturing and retail.”

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