Local bank receives coveted spot as one of Britain's top employers 2017

Santander, which employs over 4,000 people in Milton Keynes, has been awarded Britain’s Top Employers 2017 certification for our outstanding employee offerings.

The international research undertaken annually by the Top Employers Institute recognises the best employers around the world. These are companies that have applied the highest possible standards in their offer to their employees, have embraced professional development and are committed to a better working environment.

The Top Employers Institute undertook a stringent research process assessing Santander’s employee offering against a number of criteria including; Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Career & Succession Management and Culture. To further reinforce the validity of the process, all answers were independently audited.

Vicky Wallis, HR Director at Santander UK, said: “Top Employer status is a genuine mark of recognition and a significant achievement. We’re thrilled to receive this endorsement which acknowledges our efforts to create the best possible working environment for our staff. It also reflects our commitment to make Santander a better bank, which is more simple, personal and fair and helps people and businesses prosper.”

David Plink, CEO at the Top Employers Institute, said: “Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally. Our comprehensive research concluded that Santander provides an outstanding employment environment, and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes that are well thought out, and truly aligned with the culture of their company.”

In addition to the UK, Santander has been recognised in five other countries; Poland, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and has been awarded the Top Employers 2017 European certification, recognising excellence across the group.

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Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c20,000 employees and operates through 841 branches (which includes 60 university branches) and 67 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

About Us
Banco Santander
(SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, headquartered in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. It is among the world’s top banks by market capitalization. The bank’s purpose is to help people and businesses prosper, in a way that is simple, personal and fair. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 125 million customers, 12,200 branches and 188,000 employees at the close of 2016. Santander made attributable profit of EUR 6,204 million in 2016, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.


About the Top Employers Institute

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. It has just announced the results of this year’s research into the employee conditions of organisations in the UK. To learn more about the Top Employers Institute and the Top Employers Certification visit: www.top-employers.com.


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