Securitas recognised as certified Top Employer in UK for 2019

Securitas UK has been officially recognised as a Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute for its commitment to delivering exceptional people management and HR strategies. Top Employers are organisations of the highest calibre that have worked hard to create, implement and progress people strategies through innovative and engaging programmes which serve to empower and develop their employees.

In order to be certified as a Top Employer, Securitas had to achieve the minimum standard as set out by the Top Employers Institute across ten key topics: talent strategy, workforce planning, talent acquisition, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits and culture.

Securitas UK is the only security and protective services company to be accredited by the Top Employer Institute.

Brian Riis Nielsen

Brian Riis Nielsen

Brian Riis Nielsen, country president for Securitas, stated: “Securitas is leading the transformation of the security industry from traditional guarding to a much broader spectrum of protective services delivered by better trained and engaged teams. Although technology is an increasingly important part of our operation, our on-site, mobile and remote security officers remain the backbone of our business. Our people, and how we look after them, lay at the heart of this transformation. Our talented and professional officers excel at keeping our clients’ people, property and assets safe. In return, we have made a commitment to provide the very best employee experience, offering a rewarding career pathway which will help in shaping the next generation of security professionals.”

Grainne Kelly, HR and Security Operations Centre director with the business, explained: “We are delighted to be officially recognised as a Top Employer. From our online, end-to-end recruitment and selection processes through to our in-house City & Guilds-accredited Learning and Development Academy, plus our focus on talent and career succession planning, we’re proud of the collaborative and innovative working practices we’re delivering for the benefit of all our employees. We will continue to invest in and refine our Securitas employee excellence model and offer our people the very best and industry-leading employee experience. Our Top Employer certification proves that we are well on our way to achieving our goals.”

David Plink, CEO at the Top Employer Institute, commented: “We believe that the 2019 certified organisations demonstrate exceptional employee conditions and encourage the development of these practices by putting their people first. These companies help to enrich the world of work with their outstanding dedication to HR excellence and, because of this, they’re recognised as an employer of choice.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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