Revealed: The best-paid places to work in the UK according to Glassdoor – with tech firm Salesforce taking the top spot offering an average package of £100,000

  • Glassdoor is a website that provides insights about UK companies and roles
  • Tech, investment banks and consultancies dominate its list of highest paid firms
  • US tech firm Salesforce claims the top spot with a total package of £100,000
  • Spotify, Facebook and fintech Revolut all made the top 25 

They say money can’t buy happiness, but if you’re long overdue a pay rise it might be worth scanning the jobs board at one of these highly paid firms.

Glassdoor, a website that provides insights about companies and roles, has revealed the 25 places to work that offer the biggest pay cheques.

Salesforce, an American cloud-based software company, takes the top spot in its annual salary report, with employees receiving an average package totalling £100,000. 

In January the tech firm was also voted the best place to work in the UK by employees, after Glassdoor analysed thousands of anonymous reviews.

Glassdoor, a website providing insights about companies, has revealed the 25 places to work that offer the biggest pay cheques (stock image)

Next is new entrant Man Group, a London-based investment management firm, with a median base salary of £85,312 and total compensation of £93,620.

It makes a change from last year, which saw two consulting firms – Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company – occupy first and second place.

Eight investment banks make the list, as well as seven tech firms and five consulting, while Microsoft – which ranked third last year – has dropped out of the top 25 completely.

Spotify, Facebook and fintech company Revolut also made the top 25. Here FEMAIL reveals the complete list of highest paying companies in the UK for 2021. 

The best-paid places to work in the UK in 2021 

1. Salesforce

Median Total Compensation: £100,000

Median Base Salary: £73,038

Industry: Tech 

2. Man Group

Median Total Compensation: £93,620

Median Base Salary: £85,312

Industry: Investment Banking

3. Kearney

Median Total Compensation: £90,661

Median Base Salary: £83,917

Industry: Consulting 

4. Standard Chartered Bank

Median Total Compensation: £90,000

Median Base Salary: £80,331

Industry: Investment Banking

5. Credit Suisse

Median Total Compensation: £87,500

Median Base Salary: £78,000

Industry: Investment Banking 

6. Facebook

Median Total Compensation: £86,423

Median Base Salary: £78,953

Industry: Tech

7. VMware

Median Total Compensation: £86,625

Median Base Salary: £75,000

Industry: Tech 

8. G-Research

Median Total Compensation: £85,468

Median Base Salary: £80,441

Industry: Tech

9. McKinsey & Company

Median Total Compensation: £85,160

Median Base Salary: £84,000

Industry: Consulting

10. RBC

Median Total Compensation: £85,000

Median Base Salary: £70,000

Industry: Banking

11. Spotify

Median Total Compensation: £83,500

Median Base Salary: £72,914

Industry: Tech

12. UBS

Median Total Compensation: £80,662

Median Base Salary: £73,000

Industry: Investment Banking 

13. Daishi Bank

Median Total Compensation: £80,588

Median Base Salary: £75,551

Industry: Banking  

14. ServiceNow

Median Total Compensation: £80,104

Median Base Salary: £75,463

Industry: Tech

15. Deutsche Bank

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £75,984

Industry: Investment Banking

16. Macquarie Group

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £65,478

Industry: Investment Banking

17. Mastercard

Median Total Compensation: £80,000

Median Base Salary: £75,000

Industry: Finance

18. MS Amlin

Median Total Compensation: £78,070

Median Base Salary: £76,840

Industry: Insurance

19. SAP

Median Total Compensation: £77,615

Median Base Salary: £70,514

Industry: Tech

20. Boston Consulting Group

Median Total Compensation: £77,000

Median Base Salary: £65,478

Industry: Consulting

21. Bain & Company

Median Total Compensation: £76,914

Median Base Salary: £69,500

Industry: Consulting

22. Moorhouse Consulting

Median Total Compensation: £76,500

Median Base Salary: £55,000

Industry: Consulting

23. J.P. Morgan

Median Total Compensation: £75,914

Median Base Salary: £69,137

Industry: Investment Banking

24. Revolut

Median Total Compensation: £75,829

Median Base Salary: £70,514

Industry: Finance

25. BlackRock

Median Total Compensation: £75,829

Median Base Salary: £68,000

Industry: Investment Banking 

Amanda Stansell, a Glassdoor data scientist, said: ‘If salary is your key motivating factor, then head for the big names in banking, consulting and tech, which still dominate when it comes to large salaries in the UK. 

‘Companies like Salesforce, Kearney and Standard Chartered Bank are all fighting for the best talent and they are prepared to pay top dollar to get it.

‘Bankers have always received pretty significant bonuses since successful traders can bring huge company returns and tech salaries in particular tend to be high because of a shortage in specialist skills such as data science and software engineering.’

Launched in 2008, Glassdoor now has reviews and insights for more than one million companies located around the world. 

Salesforce, an American cloud-based software company, takes the top spot in its annual salary report, with employees receiving an average wage of £100,000

It introduced salary estimates to its UK listings in April last year, designed to help jobseekers understand and earn a competitive salary and help them confidently negotiate in job interviews or performance reviews.  

To work out the highest paying companies, Glassdoor calculated each company’s highest median total compensation package, which includes a base salary and other forms of compensation such as commissions, tips and bonuses, as reported by UK-based employees over the past year.

Companies considered for the report must have received at least 30 salary reports by UK-based employees during the timeframe. 

While ‘other forms of compensation’ is an optional field on Glassdoor, salary reports considered for this report were taken from employees who shared both their base pay and other forms of compensation. 

In cases where companies have the same median total compensation, the company with the higher median base compensation received the higher rank.  

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