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Amazon beats popular UK brands in LinkedIn's latest ranking for best place to work in Britain

Amazon the best company to work for in the UK right now, LinkedIn says

Financial services and homegrown brands appear to be firm favorites among British workers, with many ranking highly in LinkedIn's latest "Top Companies" ranking.

Some U.S. groups meantime have moved up in the U.K.'s ranks, with Amazon and JP Morgan Chase & Co securing higher positions than last year. In the top 10 alone, there are six new entries.

To produce a "Top Companies" list, the professional networking platform analyzed firms against four pillars, including how much interest a business has, its engagement levels with staff, job seeker reach and employee retention.

With a user-base of more than 610 million, LinkedIn compiles rankings to see which companies best suit certain countries, including Germany, Brazil, France, and Britain. In the U.K. alone, LinkedIn has confirmed to CNBC that there are over 26 million members — and this list shows that people are in favor of traditional establishments, when it comes to job prospects.

"People are looking — and you look at the U.K. list — for big, stable, established companies where they can have a solid career," Isabelle Roughol, senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" Wednesday.

Even though the global workforce faces a number of challenges, including in the traditional sector with digital disruption, it seems that keeping a stable job is paramount. Many of the firms featured in top 10 have weathered many headwinds and lasted over a century in business, including BP and Goldman Sachs.

Here are the top 10 businesses to work for in the U.K.:

10. Engie

Global headcount: 154,500+

Engie is a utilities group that's dedicated to adapting with the times. Today, Engie is all about promoting energy efficiency and cleaner technology, with the firm having a strategic ambition of being a leader in the zero carbon transition, and has therefore incorporated a number of environmental targets for itself to hit by 2030.

According to LinkedIn, this eco-friendly drive has enticed job seekers, with 550,000 CVs being received in 2018, up from 300,000 in 2016.

9. Goldman Sachs

Global headcount: 36,000+

With 150 years of experience under its belt, Goldman Sachs is renowned by many for its financial services, so it should come as no surprise that it has offices in major cities around the globe – including London.

Traders work at the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The English capital city saw its first Goldman Sachs office open up back in 1970, with only five people in its team. The London offices have since expanded, with employees able to look forward to brand-new amenities, including a fitness hub, medical center, café and childcare facilities.

8. BP

Global headcount: 73,000

With operations taking place in over 70 countries, BP needs a large robust team to ensure its energy products and brands are available to all of its consumers. With its international headquarters located in London, BP directly employs over 16,000 people in Britain and claims to contribute over £9.5 billion to the U.K.'s GDP.

Inside the firm, BP looks for individuals who have a "real hunger for learning," on top of bringing lots of fresh thoughts, challenging questions and enthusiasm.

7. Barclays

Global headcount: 85,000

Moving up from last year's spot at #13, it seems this international lender is winning over more and more of Britain's labor force.

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While finance is an important area of work in the company, Barclays employs people in many sectors such as sales, technology, and research.

Barclays offers a wide range of benefits including competitive salary and holiday, discounts, and volunteering opportunities. In 2014, Barclays saw its employees raise more than £32 million and volunteer for a total of 422,000 hours.

6. JLL

Global headcount: 90,000

For JLL, the company is all about determination and drive, with the real estate firm looking to recruit the "most ambitious people" and draw in the "most ambitious clients" — which range from start-ups to world-renowned companies.

When hiring, JLL has laid out a three-part procedure on its U.K. website, to show what candidates are in for, if they pass the initial application process. This procedure can include the chance for interviewees to meet various stakeholders and explore the local office, while others may have to undertake a test.

5. Bupa

Global headcount: 80,000+

With a mission to help individuals live long, happy and healthy lives, it shouldn't be a surprise that customers are a top priority at Bupa— and its core focus too, with the health care firm stating that its profits are reinvested into offering further care to consumers.

In the U.K., Bupa is considered the leading health insurer and supplier of private dentistry— therefore, prospective employees who want to work on Bupa's health and care divisions, will need to make sure they meet the company's standards on offering top quality and value care for customers.

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4. GSK

Global headcount: 100,000

With an objective to be one of the world's leading, most innovative health care firms, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is putting a lot of time and money into securing consumer trust, with the firm investing almost £4 billion in research and development last year.

The global company has three business divisions that it focuses on developing and creating high-quality products: vaccines, pharmaceutical medicines and health care goods for the everyday consumer.

3. Sainsbury's

Global headcount: 195,000+

Since opening in 1869, Sainsbury's has been on a mission to be Britain's most trusted retailer, while helping customers "live well for less."

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The group has a wide selection of food and non-food services under its belt, including brands like Argos, Habitat and its renowned eponymous supermarket chain.

For those working for the brand, employees are considered the cornerstone of the business and are rewarded in return. Some benefits include a cycle-to-work scheme, season ticket loans, colleague discount cards and awards for long service.

2. JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Global headcount: 250,000+

Jumping from last year's 6th place, the U.S. financial services group is considered as one of the most in demand companies for Brits.

With locations dotted around the U.K., including Glasgow and Bournemouth, JP Morgan employees have access to various work perks, including health coaches, flexible work opportunities and insurance plans. On top of that, the company is committed to each employee's growth, with the company having invested $300 million in staff development and training.

1. Amazon

Global headcount: 560,000+

Climbing up from 7th place last year, e-commerce giant Amazon has been crowned as this year's most sought-after employer in Britain.

With a mission to become the world's "most customer-centric company", the Seattle-headquartered firm has more than half a million people to help achieve this.

A worker places a label on an order at the Amazon fulfillment center May 3, 2018 in Aurora, Colorado.
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Amazon has invested billions in its U.K. business, with thousands working for the company, both in its London head office and nationwide.

British "Amazonians" are entitled to the company's "Career Choice" program, which claims to pre-pay 95% of tuition for courses placed in high-demand fields, along with a comprehensive benefits package, worth over £700 annually altogether.

Click here to see the full "Top Companies" list for this country, and others on LinkedIn.

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