About JD Wetherspoon

JD Wetherspoon owns and operates over 950 pubs and over 40 hotels throughout the UK. It aims to provide a friendly and comfortable atmosphere in its pubs, serving high quality, competitively priced food and drinks all day. Based in Watford, the company employs more than 35,000 full and part time staff.

Facts & Figures

Industry Food and Beverages
Number of employees 35000
Number of active countries 2

The Research

Certification is only awarded to the best employers around the world: companies that demonstrate the highest standards of employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute’s research assesses all critical areas of the Human Resources environment, certifying organisations that can demonstrate they are continuously optimising employee conditions and leading the way in the development of their people.

The employee offerings of JD Wetherspoon

This is a selection of the Employee Offerings that this company offers to (some of) its employees.

Communication Channels

  • Formal sessions (e.g. one-to-one meetings between employee and manager)
  • Special access to CEO/Leadership
  • Suggestions box/email
  • Employee surveys
  • Employee website (separate URL)

Development Programmes

  • Graduate development programmes/traineeships
  • Job rotation programmes
  • Competency-based training programmes
  • Peer support programmes
  • Soft skill training programmes (e.g. feedback, time management, communication)
  • On-the-job training
  • Conferences/congresses/seminars (internal/external)
  • Workshops (internal/external)
  • Online training programmes (always available)
  • 180- and/or 360-degree feedback
  • (Peer) coaching
  • e-Learning (module)
  • Coaching
  • Collaborative Learning Experiences (e.g. Action learning group/Team-based learning)


  • Salaries
  • Variable compensation
  • Pension
  • Secondary benefits
  • Employee discounts on company services/products
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Shift premiums
  • Meal subsidies/canteen services
  • Subsidy Medical Insurance

Flexible Working Conditions

  • Compressed working hours
  • Job sharing
  • Part-time working
  • Sabbatical/career break
  • Term-time working
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)/Time-for-time
  • Telecommuting/working from home
  • Special leave for parents (above legal requirements)

Networking Activities

  • Organising weekly drinks or other social event (by staff association)
  • Flexible workspace at the office
  • Seasonal social events
  • Special informal sessions with Executive Management

Onboarding Activities

  • Step-by-step On-boarding programme (hard copy or online)
  • Employee handbook that specifies HR policy and regulations (hard copy or online)
  • Meeting with HR to explain procedures
  • Check-in meetings at specific intervals
  • Meeting with manager regarding job role, tasks,expectations
  • A role-specific introductory training programme
  • A buddy is assigned to the new employee
  • Post-hire assessment
  • A tour around the organisation
  • (Social) Networking events for new employees
  • Induction course (covering the organisation’s mission,vision, values)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety policies and instructions
  • Follow-up session one year after joining

Career and succession management

  • Job rotation
  • Training programme
  • Special assignment
  • Secondment

Secondary benefits

  • Mobile phone
  • Car/travel allowance
  • On-site parking

Well-being programs

  • Safety programme
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Ergonomic support
  • Health & Safety officer/manager
  • Personal support line
  • Employee debt support
  • Preventative Occupational Health programme
  • Burn-out recovery programme
  • Confidential adviser
  • Maintaining salary level above legal requirements
  • Maintaining employee contractual rights above legal requirements
  • Occupational Health professional
  • Fitness centre membership subsidy/reimbursement
  • Health screening programme