Bonus pot of 11% sees John Lewis most coveted by jobseekers


John Lewis – the company famous for its partner-based, profit-sharing model – has been voted the best retail brand to work for, according to a poll by recruitment company, The Retail Appointment.

In a survey of more than 1,200 current and active jobseekers, John Lewis romped home as most popular from a list of 50 retailers for jobseekers to vote for. John Lewis scooped 41% of votes, with the next closest brand (Marks & Spencer) coming in with just 12% of votes.

Earlier this month, staff at John Lewis were awarded bonuses worth 11% of their salary (around six weeks’ pay), and the overall company culture behind this is credited with being responsible for creating this level of jobseeker brand equity.

Ellie Burgess, director at The Retail Appointment, said: “From an employment point of view, John Lewis is now capturing the imagination of jobseekers.”

She added: “John Lewis is widely regarded as the brand which sets the example and tone for the rest to follow. Its business model is perhaps one of the most respected in the world and lauded as a best practice example of employee-employer relations.”

Other brands jobseekers could have chosen included Selfridges and Apple.