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Here is a list of some of the largest employers in and around the Wokingham borough broken down by sector type:

  • Education

    Bracknell & Wokingham College : A college of Further Education, offering courses for school leavers, adults and employers in Berkshire. 

    East Berkshire College : A Further Education College in Berkshire with campuses in Langley and Windsor.

    Reading College :  A college of further education based in Reading, Berkshire.

    University of Reading: A leading academic institution based in Reading which provides a number of job opportunities.

  • Energy and Utilities

    BG Group: Multinational oil and gas company with operations all over the globe. It is one of the largest producers and suppliers of liquefied natural gas.

    British Gas : Is part of the Centrica Group of companies. The company supplies energy and services to millions of homes and offices around the UK.

    EDF Energy :  An intergrated energy company which provides to businesses and homes, gas and electricity Energy throughout the United Kingdom.

    E.ON SE :  An European holding company based in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The company runs one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers. 

    National Grid plc : A British multinational electricity and gas utility company headquarted in Warwick, UK.

    Scottish & Southern Energy Plc :  A British energy company headquarted in Perth, Scotland and United Kingdom that supply gas, electricity, phone and broadband services.

    SSE : The UK’s largest generator of renewable energy. SSE is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, gas and other energy services.

    Thames Water : A private utility company that coordinates water supply and waste treatment primarily in the South of England.

  • Engineering

    Amec Foster Wheeler : A British multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

    Great Western :  A British train operating company owned by FirstGroup. 

    Jacobs: One of the largest providers of technical services offering support in a huge number of industries.

    Network Rail: One of the main railway networks in the UK with a number of jobs available for engineers.

    South West Trains :  The British service provides train services to the South West of London, with London Waterloo as the main station connecting to Waterloo East.

  • Food and Beverages

    Brakes Group :  A distribution company supplying food, drink and other products mainly to the catering industry in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. 

    Caterlink Ltd: A catering company specialising in catering for the education sector.

    CH&Co Group : One of Britain’s most trustworthy corporate and commercial caterers which provide specialist businesses in catering and service solutions.

    Compass Group: A multinational foodservice and support services company.

    Holroyd Howe Independant: This catering company provides services for schools.

    Pepsi-Co: A well-known fast moving consumer goods company that owns a huge number of household brands, including Pepsi, Walkers and Tropicana.

    SABMiller: One of the world’s largest brewery companies operating across six different continents.

    Spirit Group: A company that owns a string of pubs and a portfolio of different brands.

  • Financial Services / Audit / Insurance

    BDO : An international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO.

    Deloitte : An UK-incorporated multinational professional services firm with operational headquarters in New York City in the United States.

    Ernst & Young: A multinational professional services firm that provides, among other things, financial services and audit advice to businesses.

    Covea Insurance: This grew out of the experience of MMA Insurance and is part of a European wide network.

    KPMG :  Is a professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Delotte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    PriceWaterhouseCoopers: One of the big four professional services firms in the UK.

    Prudential: An international financial services firm which operates across the UK, USA and Asia.

    Visa Europe: One of the most widely recognised European payment system brands.

  • Government

    Council Vacancies: Jobs within local government, Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council provide large numbers of jobs in the local area.

    Environment Agency: A public body which has the aim of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.

    Royal Air Force: One of the main arms of the UK Armed Forces with a base in Reading.

    Rural Payments Agency: An agency supporting the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which aims to support and encourage rural communities.

  • Healthcare

    Dimensions: Support service for people with autism and learning difficulties.

    NHS Foundation Trust: The National Health Service is the main (and free) healthcare provider in the UK.

    Optalis  : Provide care and support services to older people and also people with dementia, learning and physical disability.


  • Hospitality

    Millenium Madejski Hotel: The Millennium chain has a number of hotels around the Reading area and would be a great place to start for someone wanting to go into hospitality.

    Sodexo UK & Ireland :  Is a food service and facilities management company. Sodexo UK and Ireland headquarters is based in Holborn, London.

    Whitbread PLC : Is the UK's largest hospitality company, owning Costa Coffee, Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.


  • IT and Telecommunications

    BT: One of the world's largest telecommunication companies. 

    CISCO: A multinational IT company that specialises in designing and providing networking equipment.

    Microsoft: An integrated business software and hardware software company.

    Oracle Corporation UK Ltd: An integrated business software and hardware software company.

    Symantec: A company which supports businesses in managing in an information-driven professional environment.

  • Nonprofit

    Guide Dogs for the Bilnd: A non-for-profit organisation, coordinating efforts to support individuals suffering from blindness, by training support dogs and conducting research and campaigning for better rights for the blind. 

    WaterAid UK :  Is an international non-for-profit charity that transforms the public lives by improving access and delivering safe water, hygiene and sanitation worldwide.



  • Postal

    DHL International: Another household name in logistics and delivery services.

    Royal Mail: The most well-known delivery service and sole provider of the Universal Service in the UK.

  • Retail

    B & Q: One of the largest home improvement and gardening retail outfits in the UK.

    Boots : The UK’s first global leading pharmacy led health and beauty retailer with stores in the UK and Ireland – selling a huge range of products.

    Fat Face : A UK fashion retailer and leading designer of active lifestyle clothing.

    John Lewis: A company that anyone would recognise a huge player in the retail market.

    M&Co : An award winning national fashion retailer.

    Makro: The UK's leading food wholesaler.

    Marks and Spencer Plc : One of the UK’s largest retailers in Europe. 

    New Look : A British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops.

    The Oracle Shopping Centre: The large new shopping retailer in Reading has a number of high-street stores and restaurants and is a great place to start looking for your first job in retail.

    Primark: A well-known fashion retailer which operates at the low-cost end of the market.

    Sainsbury's: Job search through Sainsbury's, another of the UK's largest grocers.

    Tesco: One of the UK's largest retailers with a huge range of products and services available.

    TK Maxx: A global off-price retailer that operates across Europe.

    Waitrose : A chain of British supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britian’s largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership.

    Wallis : A British women’s clothing retail and premium high street brand and is a subsidiary of the Arcadia Group.

    WHSmith : A leading international retailer that sells books, confectionery, entertainment products and much more.

    Wicks : A recognised wholesale retailer selling a full range of construction products.


  • Science

    Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd: A prestigious engineering, construction and procurement company operating across sectors world wide.

    British Antartic Survey : An established company with a focus on researching and conducting surveys across the Antartic, producing excellent field research with a combination of scientific expertise and brilliant logistics.

    Reading Scientific Services Ltd : A British company providing scientific analysis, consultancy, product development and training to the global food, drink, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors.



  • Sports & Leisure

    Anytime Fitness :  A global gym franchise running local gyms across the UK and worldwide that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

    Curves :  An international fitness franchise with fitness centres for ladies only across locations worldwide. 

    1Life :  A leading UK leisure centre that provides lifestyle and management solutions to enhance lives through health and wellbeing, physical activity, learning and the arts. 

    Madejski Stadium: Jobs available at the stadium with Reading Football Club.

    Nuffield Health & Wellbeing Gym :  Onsite health services and superb gym access to facilities at centres across the UK.


  • Wholesale

    Costco UK :  Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an international chain of membership warehouses under the “Costco Wholesale” name.

    Laithwaites Wines: A well-known wine merchants specialising in delivering wines from across the globe.

    Gilette: A well-known brand of safety-razor with its distribution warehouse based in Reading.

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