Newspaper launches annual search for the UK's best employers
The Sunday Times has launched its annual competition to find the best companies to work for.
Its team is polling 180,000 employees around the country, asking them complete a 66-point questionnaire on everything from their potential for career advancement to their bosses' competence.
This year, as the contest has increased in popularity, three new categories have been introduced - the 20 Best Big Companies to Work For, the 100 Best Companies to Work For and the 100 Best Small Companies to Work For.
Overall, 513 small and medium-sized businesses, 311 mid-sized firms and 44 large companies have entered themselves for the awards.
Jack Welch, chief executive of General Electric, argued that it is important for businesses to do so, saying: : "No company, small or large, can win over in the long-run without energised employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it."
The entrants will be hoping to beat last year's winner, Heat, a central heating installation firm, off the top spot. Financial group Edward Jones and high street jewellers Beaverbrooks also made it into 2007's top three.