Debt counselling charity tops best workplace list

Christians Against Poverty ranked first in Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For for second year running

Debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty has retained top spot in The Sunday Times' list of the 100 best small companies to work for.

It is the second year the charity has featured at the top of the list, which was published on Sunday. Social inclusion charity P3 dropped three positions to seventh in the 2009 list, and Dorset children's hospice Julia's House entered this year's list at number 14.

Social exclusion charity the St Giles Trust was also a new entry to the list, at 36th, and Loreburn Housing Association was 83rd. Children's charity Unicef UK was ranked 98th.

"This is the third year in a row that charities have topped the list, and this is due in part to entrants rating them highly in the ‘giving something back' area," said Alastair McCall, editor of 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2009.

"This area is crucial in creating an engaged workforce, and although third sector organisations are often not the best remunerated, they can promote a strong sense of identity and attachment to leadership among their employees."

The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2009 is based on a survey of 565 employees from companies that employ between 50 and 250 members of staff. Participants were asked to rate their workplaces in eight areas, including leadership, wellbeing and pay and benefits.

Results for larger companies will be published this Sunday.

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