Britain's 10 highest-paying employers 2017

Surprise, surprise, tech and finance firms top the list.

by Jack Torrance
Last Updated: 25 Apr 2017

With all the talk of excessive perks, employee engagement and corporate purpose you could be forgiven for thinking today’s workers don’t give a stuff about the pay packet they get at the end of the month. But for those of us with bills to pay, salary remains an important motivator when accepting a job.

If you’re on the lookout for a new employer with deep pockets then you’re in luck. The job site Glassdoor, which lets users review their company and submit their salaries, has published a list of what it thinks are Britain’s best-paying businesses. It’s not statistically definitive – it’s just based on the salaries its users have posted – but it’s a good indicator of where you might want to apply if you’d like to take home a heftier wedge.

You won’t be surprised to discover that the list is dominated by technology firms, though Google and Goldman Sachs are conspicuous by their absence. They’re also all foreign-headquartered companies (with the sort-of exception of the nomadic McKinsey), albeit with a substantial UK presence. Here’s the top 10 in full:

 

1. Salesforce (Tech)

Median Total Compensation: £110,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

HQ: San Francisco, California  

2. Facebook (Tech)

Median Total Compensation: £95,600

Median Base Salary: £72,000

HQ: Menlo Park, California

3. McKinsey & Company (Consulting)

Median Total Compensation: £92,800

Median Base Salary: £83,400

HQ: None

4. Deutsche Bank (Finance)

Median Total Compensation: £90,000

Median Base Salary: £80,000

HQ: Frankfurt, Germany

5. SAP (Tech)

Median Total Compensation: £90,000

Median Base Salary: £70,000

HQ: Walldorf, Germany

6. Royal Bank of Canada (Finance)

Median Total Compensation: £85,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

HQ: Toronto, Ontario

7. Macquarie Group (Finance)

Median Total Compensation: £83,000

Median Base Salary: £70,000

HQ: Sydney, Australia

8. Microsoft (Tech)

Median Total Compensation: £81,010

Median Base Salary: £70,000

HQ: Redmond, Washington

9. Nomura International (Finance)

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

HQ: Tokyo, Japan

10. Credit Suisse (Finance)

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £73,500

HQ: Zurich, Switzerland


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