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Secure network transformation specialist Xalient today announced that it was voted among the top 10 best employers in the ‘medium-sized’ category of The Sunday Times Best Places to Work Awards.  The Sunday Times Best Places to Work in the UK Awards for 2023 are powered by WorkL and the results were revealed today. This nationwide workplace survey honours and celebrates Britain’s top employers and acknowledges the best workplaces for women, LGBTQIA+ community, disabled employees, ethnic minorities, younger and older workers, and wellbeing.

The Sunday Times partnered with employee-experience platform WorkL to deliver fresh insights into what makes a Best Place to Work. Using 35 questions from WorkL’s employee engagement survey, the awards most accurately monitored employee engagement and wellbeing in the workplace.  Xalient achieved an excellent average overall workplace engagement score of 93% against an industry average across the technology sector of 70%. Additionally, Xalient scored 94% confidence in management against an industry average across the technology sector of 69%, which was also deemed to be excellent.

Commenting on the award, David Bowes, Chief People Officer, Xalient said: “From day 1 culture has been at the heart of Xalient’s vision for the business.  But investing, nurturing, and maintaining that culture as you grow becomes more challenging, therefore I’m delighted to see that our employees have voted for us in such a positive way.  As we continue to evolve the business, so we want to see our employees flourish and we are investing in a range of programmes that will help them develop, but most importantly we want them to stay and be part of the Xalient family.”

PizzaExpress, Fat Face, and David Lloyd Leisure were among the top 10 best employers in the ‘very big organisation’ category, while Octopus Energy and Churchill Retirement Living were ranked as some of the best ‘big’ employers. Alongside Xalient, EasyJet Holidays and Better Placed were also celebrated in the medium and small organisation categories, respectively. Bristol based energy supplier OVO was voted Best Place to Work for women, while the Goring hotel in London was named best for employees aged 55+. Arcadis topped the list for ethnic minorities, while Thomas Franks was named the best for LGBTQIA+ employees.

Chris Longcroft, EVP Publisher, The Times and The Sunday Times, said: The Sunday Times Best Places to Work awards recognise companies that create a happier and fulfilling working environment for all, by fostering engagement from their teams, yielding great business and performance in return.  Wishing all of those companies who made the grade this year many congratulations.”

Lord Mark Price, Founder of WorkL, said: “Many Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Sunday Times Best Places to Work, powered by WorkL. You should be very proud of your achievement of being recognised as one of the very best places to work in the UK. I have little doubt that these awards will help with both retention of your existing employees and drive recruitment of the best candidates into your organisations in the year ahead.”

This accolade comes off the back of many other significant recognitions achieved this year, with Xalient named among the Top 50 Inspiring Workplaces in EMEA and

Xalient ranked 45th in The Independent E2E Tech 100 list.  Additionally, Xalient was named among Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2023 by the Financial Times and Statista for the second consecutive year.  For further information please go to The Sunday Times Best Places to Work, powered by WorkL, Awards Categories.

Best Places to Work: Medium Organisation (50-249+ Employees)

To learn more about Xalient and its services, visit www.xalient.com

About Xalient

Xalient addresses the challenges large global enterprises face around networking and security. Headquartered in the UK and with offices in the USA, Xalient counts Kellogg’s, Hamley’s, WPP and Keurig Dr Pepper among its clients. It was established eight years ago to disrupt the traditional markets for secure networking, taking advantage of the huge shift to cloud technology that has created high demand for flexible, cost-effective global connectivity and protection against increasingly complex cyber threats.  Combining transformative, software-defined network, security, and communication technologies with intelligent managed services with its AIOps Platform- Martina and driving Zero Trust initiatives that keep the world largest brands more resilient, adaptable and responsive to change.

*Xalient was named among Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2023 by Financial Times and Statista for the second year running.

*Xalient positioned #19 in the inaugural FEBE Growth 100, which recognises and ranks the UK’s fastest growing private businesses

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