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Oakleaf Awarded Highest Accreditation in Sunday Times’ ‘Best Companies to Work For’


Oakleaf, the recruitment consultancy that specialises in HR, payroll, reward, pension and human capital services, has been awarded the highest possible accreditation – three stars – in the 2016 Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list. It means the consultancy has ‘extraordinary’ levels of employee engagement and is one of the top 100 small companies in the UK.

The Best Companies Accreditation Standard follows the elite Michelin style star rating system for organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement. Based on staff feedback, organisations receive a Best Companies Index score (BCI) which determines their star rating compared to a fixed standard – ‘one to watch’ is good, one star is very good, two stars are outstanding and three stars are extraordinary. It has been producing the Accreditation Standard since 2006 and focuses on workplace engagement as an integral component of an organisation’s success and growth.

Indeed, Oakleaf recently announced record financial results for the year ended 31 March 2015. Its turnover increased by 47%, net fee income rose by 43% and profit before tax increased by 60%. In addition, candidate placement figures were up by 40%. This is supported by the number of employees working at Oakleaf – up 35% in the calendar year.

Nicola Grimshaw, CEO of Oakleaf, said:

“It is phenomenal to be awarded this honour – and to gain the highest of the star ratings. To know our people value our place of work as much as we value them is fantastic. We’ve become a leader in our market – largely through word of mouth recommendations and diversifying the industries we work in – and we know we can contribute that to our employees’ belief in what we do and how we support our clients”.

February 26, 2016 is National Best Companies Day, when the full ranking is announced.