The top employers in Ireland for 2020

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Over 600 business and people leaders gathered at London’s Hilton on Park Lane last night (January 30th), as the Top Employers Institute, a global certifier recognising excellence in employee conditions, revealed its list of Certified UK and Ireland Top Employers for 2020.

The host, award-winning comedian, Ed Gamble congratulated the Certified Top Employers for 2020, which include ten employers based in Ireland, for providing world-class employee conditions.

Now in its 29th year, the Top Employers Institute Certification recognises leading organisations around the world for their commitment to their employees and fantastic people practices.

Top Employers Institute is a trusted partner to some of the world’s leading employers; helping them maximise their talent capabilities, deliver improved business performance & achieve huge cost savings through attracting, developing, engaging and retaining talent.

Phil Sproston, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Top Employers Institute, says: “Our 2020 Top Employers are moving rapidly along the road of transformation. In the process, they are managing to create more ‘fluid’ organisations: less reliant on old structures and hierarchies; and more invested in placing values, diversity and wellbeing at the centre of driving change forward.

“The humane and soulful workplaces now emerging from these changes are underpinned – not undermined – by significant investment in new HR technologies, AI and automation.”

Charles Hurst

Charles Hurst group was founded in 1911 and has become Northern Ireland’s leading Motor Group, employing more than 700 people. The Group’s headquarters are located in Belfast on a 20-acre site; the largest automotive park in Europe. The company has recently established itself in the Republic of Ireland with a retail unit located at Kingswood Interchange, on the Naas Road.

CHEP Ireland

CHEP Ireland is a global provider of innovative supply chain solutions, tailored to the unique business requirements of its customers, based in Dublin 11. The company has 45 employees serving more than 380 manufacturing customers and 2,300 retailer locations. Globally, CHEP has operations in more than 60 countries and is part of the Brambles Group, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

DHL Global Forwarding Ireland and DHL Supply Chain Ireland (separate companies)

With over 1,000 staff in Ireland, DHL provides a range of express and logistics services including – international express, air and ocean freight, same day courier services, supply chain management, warehousing, value added services and global business mail. Working with Ireland’s leading companies across all industry sectors, DHL develops customised, integrated solutions for customers from across all counties in Ireland.

Imperial Tobacco Ireland

Imperial Tobacco Ireland was set up in June 1998 and the company is part of Imperial Brands. Imperial Tobacco manufacture and market a range of cigarettes, fine cut and smokeless tobacco products, mass market cigars, and tobacco accessories such as papers and tubes. The company is active in over 180 countries and sells its products to millions of consumers around the world.

JTI Ireland

JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of companies which employs roughly 40,000 people from around the world, representing more than 100 nationalities. JTI Ireland Ltd officially began trading in Ireland in 2009 and controls 56 per cent of the market share. The company has over 100 people working in its office in Citywest Business Campus.

Novartis Ireland LTD

Novartis is one of Ireland’s leading employers in the healthcare industry and was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to locate in Ireland in the 1950’s. Novartis currently employs approximately 1,200 people across two locations in Cork and Dublin and has a strong history in investing in its people.

PJ Carroll (BAT Ireland)

P.J. Carroll is one of Ireland’s oldest continuously operating businesses, founded by Patrick James Carroll in the North East town of Dundalk over 190 years ago. P.J. Carroll became part of the Rothmans group in 1990 and eight years later Rothmans merged with British American Tobacco (BAT), the second largest tobacco manufacturer in the world with 44 cigarette factories in 41 countries.

Saint-Gobain Ireland

Saint-Gobain, the worldwide leader for Habitat, which accounts for more than 70 per cent of its sales, provides its expertise in the areas of innovation and co-development through a wide range of high-performance materials for demanding applications in diverse segments.

Takeda Ireland Ltd.

Established in Ireland since 1997, Takeda Ireland employs over 350 people. Takeda has facilities in 18 countries worldwide, and Takeda Ireland Ltd is part of the Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain (GMS) group reporting to their headquarters in Zurich. Takeda Ireland has played a key role in Takeda’s worldwide operations since October 1997 when they began manufacturing drug products in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland following the opening of custom-built premises in 1999.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 31 January, 2020