Best Places to Work in IT 2008 finalists announced

Judges have sifted through the entries to find the IT departments doing the most to make their workplaces attractive to staff

The shortlist for Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT 2008 Awards has been announced.

Judges sifted through the entries to find the IT departments doing the most to make their workplaces attractive to staff.

They picked firms that provide their staff with a positive working environment and plenty of opportunities for professional development. They also highlighted companies that enable staff to have a good work/life balance and that provide equal opportunities.

One company on the shortlist has built up a positive environment with an unusual corporate structure. There are no shareholders, and the firm is held in trust on behalf of its employees, who benefit from a profit-share scheme.

The same firm offers a variety of internal short courses, enabling employees to develop interpersonal, management and technical skills. It also has an independent employee assistance programme, which provides staff with advice on both personal and work issues.

Another organisation on the list takes a proactive stance on new technologies and business innovation. IT staff are encouraged to look for ways to improve the business, and, where possible, they are given ownership of the resulting projects.

To aid career development, the company allows staff members taking professional exams to take study days to prepare beforehand.

Another firm that made it onto the shortlist has a flexible working scheme for staff, allowing them to come in at 10am or leave at 4pm. If extra hours are worked, staff can accumulate an extra half day of holiday per month, in addition to their 27.5 basic days holiday a year.

IT staff with young children can also work flexibly, and a generous annual training budget of £5,000 per staff member means all staff have undergone ITIL awareness training and other programmes.

The award winners will be announced in March next year.

The Computer Weekly Best Places to Work in IT 2008 Awards ceremony will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London on 22 February 2008.

The lunchtime presentation includes a drinks reception, lunch and a guest speaker. To book a table, visit the Best Places to Work website.

Best places to work in it 2008: the shortlist


Britannia Building Society

Citi Technology Infrastructure EMEA

Egg & UK Citi Consumer


Royal Bank of Scotland

Business and professional services

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Iris Nation

King Sturge

Mouchel Parkman

Sweet & Maxwell

Central government

Audit Commission

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

The Coal Authority

The Scottish Government

Construction, agriculture and mining



Avanti Architects

Willmott Dixon

WSP Group

Financial services


Norwich Union

Picture Financial

Scottish Provident International

Emergency services

British Transport Police

North Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police

Entertainment and leisure


Channel 4

IT services suppliers

ADM Computing




RM Education

Royal Bank of Scotland

Synergy Integrated Systems

The Internet Group

IT software and hardware suppliers

3T Productions

Citrix Systems (R&D)

Data Connection



Local government

Lancashire ICT Services

Leeds City Council

North Warwickshire Borough Council

Service Birmingham

Thanet District Council

Wychavon District Council

Manufacturing and engineering

Boehringer Ingelheim

Procter & Gamble

Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems

Non-profit sectors


Bournemouth University

CfBT Education Trust


Skills for Care

University of Huddersfield

Retail, wholesale




Travel (airlines, tour operators and agents)


Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Utilities and telecommunications

BP International

BT Group


Yorkshire Water

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