Abbott Risk Consulting

We are a leading independent consultancy specialising in human factors, safety engineering and risk management.
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Openness, accessibility and transparency lie at the heart of Abbott Risk Consulting's culture, so much so that staff have the managing director's home phone number.

John Abbott worked hard during the pandemic to maintain his close relationship with his team, which previously had included impromptu nights out at a local pub or restaurant. These were replaced by Teams calls over a bottle of wine, walk-and-talk meetings outdoors and YouTube video messages.

An important part of employee engagement is the twice-yearly conferences, which went ahead in full on Zoom. Picnic hampers were sent to staff before the summer conference, so they could eat together as they would usually do in a hotel. The winter conference was similar, with a Christmas box of goodies.

Edinburgh-based ARC, founded in 2002, offers risk management and safety engineering services to the energy, nuclear, defence, mining and rail sectors. The employee-owned company has offices in England and Australia as well as Scotland.

ARC believes passionately in sustainability and helping to strive towards a net zero future. After extensive research, the company has partnered with Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and the impact of it on climate change.

All employees are encouraged and supported to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through STEM programmes or to work with a nominated climate change charity.

Featured Workplace Factors

Wellbeing

96% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

ARC's new health and wellbeing group, the brainchild of one of the staff, sends out mental health tips. The group organised a Race to Kochi, with UK and Australian staff challenged to walk the number of steps to Kochi, the city that lies halfway between them.

Fair Deal

97% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

All staff are granted shares in ARC through a tax-efficient scheme, which offers a company loan so they can buy into the scheme without using their own funds upfront. Every employee receives 1,500 shares, with significantly more available to those who win work for themselves or others.

Giving Something Back

100% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Under a new initiative, every staff member is entitled to an additional day off to give practical support to their favourite environmental cause. Covid-19 limited the options in the scheme's first year, but some staff joined local litter-picking activities. There are plans for beach clean-ups or tree planting initiatives.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2002
Total number of employees
8
Number of UK locations
40
Employee average age
77% : 23%
Male : Female employee ratio
85%
Employees earning £35k+
9%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
“I am delighted with this year’s 3-star Best Companies accreditation, which is testament to all our staff who have looked out for each other, remained positive during this difficult period, helped the business grow and delivered the best set of results since the Company was formed in 2002. Staff engagement is one of my top priorities and I firmly believe that it is the people that make ARC, ARC! By caring for and listening to each other we have created a great place to work which I am proud to be a part of. “

John Abbott, Managing Director - Abbott Risk Consulting

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