Only one architects’ firm has made it onto the Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to work for – a result branded a ‘shocking indictment’ by a former finalist
HLM Architects’ jumped to 37th position in the ranking of the ‘nicest of the nice’ employers – a climb of 25 places from last year.
But there was no place for Leeds and Leicester-based Stephen George and Partners, the BPTW Partnership or London’s Assael, which all slipped off the list.
John Assael, whose credit crunch-hit practice was ineligible to enter this year having fallen to under 50 staff, claims the results again show how poorly the industry looks after architects. He said: ‘It is shocking to read that only one practice of architects made it into the top 100.
‘[This is] a further indictment about the shabby way that the profession treats its staff.’
If solicitors, recruitment consultants and surveyors can make it why can’t architects?
Assael, who made it to number 22 in the chart last year, added: ‘If solicitors, recruitment consultants and surveyors can make it why can’t architects?
‘In these tough times it is vital for the practices to cherish their staff – frankly the only asset that they have – so it is very disappointing to see that once again we lag behind the other professions.
HLM chairman, Chris Liddle, said: ‘We are thrilled with our position this year. Since we first appeared in the list in 2006, we have climbed 45 places, which is testament to our unwavering efforts to look after our staff. We invest in our people, we support them in their career and most importantly we work together as one team.’
The full table is on the Sunday Times’ site.