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
Sweet & Maxwell
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
The Coal Authority
The Scottish Government
Construction, agriculture and mining
Scottish Provident International
British Transport Police
North Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police
Entertainment and leisure
IT services suppliers
Royal Bank of Scotland
Synergy Integrated Systems
The Internet Group
IT software and hardware suppliers
Citrix Systems (R&D)
Lancashire ICT Services
Leeds City Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council
Thanet District Council
Wychavon District Council
Manufacturing and engineering
Procter & Gamble
Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems
CfBT Education Trust
Skills for Care
University of Huddersfield
Travel (airlines, tour operators and agents)
Virgin Atlantic Airlines
Utilities and telecommunications
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