Openreach Ltd

It's our mission to build the best possible digital network with the highest quality of service, and ensure everyone in the UK can be connected.

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To get an idea of the scale of Openreach's business, you really are talking telephone numbers. It employs 35,000 staff, is investing £13 billion in upgrading the UK's digital network and builds, maintains and manages about 190 million kilometres of cable.

The company's engineers are its most visible public face but there are also careers in data science, business analysis, project management and service support. It has been investing heavily in training and skills, creating 12 new regional training facilities.

The business, which serves homes, businesses, hospitals and schools, is keen to recruit engineers as it continues the huge task of delivering faster, more reliable “full fibre” broadband. Its customers include BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone.

Openreach rewards employees' achievements through its Superstars scheme and provides a package of benefits to all staff and a confidential, free support helpline. They are encouraged to take part in community activities and everyone can use up to three days a year to volunteer, assisting charities and community groups.

It is committed to developing a more inclusive workforce and set up Pride, Gender Equality and Ethnic Diversity networks, which are made up of people from all levels of the company. Openreach wants to attract more women and people from diverse communities and, once they have been recruited, support them with career development opportunities.

It is a member of EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation that works to increase the number and diversity of young people choosing academic and vocational pathways into engineering.

Featured Workplace Factors

Personal Growth

87% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

Engineering recruits who were not fully trained at the start of the pandemic were able to continue their development through virtual training sessions. The company invested in new camera equipment to help trainers using Microsoft Teams. Staff can also access learning material via the Workplace platform.

My Team

67% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Openreach introduced #ThankYou days, where people tagged others who had supported them through the pandemic. Microsoft Teams, Workplace and emails were used to provide information and advice to staff, many of whom were working from home, and there was a “let's beat loneliness” campaign.

Fair Deal

73% of staff agreed

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

Colleagues who excel are recognised for their performance: managers can nominate individuals for a £50 reward and teams can share up to £500. When the annual awards ceremony was switched to a virtual event, the firm sent hampers to winners' houses so their families could enjoy the celebrations.

Benefits

Long Service

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Maternity

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Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

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