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These are the UK's best paying companies

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High pay might not necessarily equal job satisfaction, but it doesn’t hurt to know where the money is at in terms of the companies you apply to. So, a list of the UK companies which offer the highest salaries is pretty illuminating. 

Glassdoor has named the best paying companies in the UK for 2017, and it’s no surprise that most of them are US-founded tech and finance employers.

However, one recruitment company, McKinsey Company, makes an appearance on the list.


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Dr Andrew Chamberlain of Glassdoor said: "The big guns in tech and finance still dominate when it comes to large salaries in the UK. 

“Companies like Salesforce, Facebook and SAP are all fighting for the best talent and they are prepared to pay top money to get it,” he added.

Hidden Figures

Bonuses are a huge contributor to the highest salaries, as Chamberlain explains: "Bankers tend to get pretty hefty bonuses, since successful traders can bring huge company returns, and tech salaries tend to be high because of a shortage in specialist skills such as data science and software engineering."


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Facebook, who opened up 500 new UK positions this year, is narrowly beaten to the top spot by computing company Salesforce, where employees earn a median salary of between 75 and 110K, depending on bonuses. 

While the figures do not take gender into account, Salesforce is known to be pioneering in terms of its emphasis on equality. The company has a support system called Ohana (meaning family in Hawaii) which is made up of groups established by their team members to nurture diversity and “make equality a reality”, according to its website. There is a Women’s Network, promoting gender equality, as well as racial specific groups, LBTQ and ability inclusion.

However, as it stands, Salesforce’s global workforce is made up of 30.1% women, with 19.4% women on the leadership team, according to Fast Company.

Comparably, figures from 2016 show that at Facebook 27% of those in senior leader positions are women, while 29% of their new hires were female that year.

See the full list of highest paying employers below...

1. Salesforce

Median Total Compensation: £110,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

2. Facebook

Median Total Compensation: £95,600

Median Base Salary: £72,000

3. McKinsey & Company

Median Total Compensation: £92,800

Median Base Salary: £83,400

4. Deutsche Bank

Median Total Compensation: £90,000

Median Base Salary: £80,000

5. SAP

Median Total Compensation: £90,000

Median Base Salary: £70,000

6. Royal Bank of Canada

Median Total Compensation: £85,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

7. Macquarie Group

Median Total Compensation: £83,000

Median Base Salary: £70,000

8. Microsoft

Median Total Compensation: £81,010

Median Base Salary: £70,000

9. Nomura International

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

10. Credit Suisse Median

Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £73,500

Images: Courtesy HBO/20th Century Fox.

 

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