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About Checkatrade.com


What is it like to work for Checkatrade.com

Leadership
Leadership
The company Values are Integrity, Aiming Higher, Responsive, Social Conscience, Partnerships, Service. Kevin, the Chairman and CEO, is highly visible, working with teams to help them understand the business and taking every opportunity to build up relationships with employees. He spends an hour with every employee during their "work start induction" talking about his passion for what the business can achieve and his deep conviction about how people matter more than Business results. He talks personally to all new managers and team leaders about the 4 Pillars. Gavin, the MD, also sees people during their induction, he walks about the business to acknowledge peoples' efforts and he continually motivates his senior team to do the same. An example is when he made a short video to invite Team Leaders to a training workshop on Praise - if the MD invites you to a training session, you're definitely going to go! And he was keen to demonstrate the organisational belief about ensuring everyone feels valued and respected. All Heads and Managers encourage open feedback from their teams during morning meetings, huddles and individual conversations with employees. The company’s Finance Director is a shining example of Social Conscience - she recently completed an Ultra Marathon and was sponsored by many of our employees in her amazing endeavour. The company Chairman ran 12 marathons in 12 months last year to raise money for Redwood Park School.
Wellbeing
Wellbeing
All company staff has free access outside of office hours to the onsite gymnasium, with cardiac, weights and strength machines. Ok, other companies have a gym - but the real innovation at Checkatrade is that they also employ two full time Personal Trainers and every member of staff can have a free Wellness Session in work time every 2 weeks. The take up on gym and nutrition initiative is significant - anecdotal evidence suggests around 80%. Members of staff can chose their own activity at Wellness sessions which include: Personal Training sessions Individual eating plans and nutritional advice Shopping for the right food, Yes the trainer will take staff shopping! Fitness planning and home workout plans Sports injury and general massage Sea swimming sessions .Bike rides Circuits training and regular running sessions. There are Company cricket and football teams, spin classes and self-defence classes. The company have entered running teams into the Chichester Corporate Challenge and regularly organise staff sport challenges. A recent initiative was to open a Common room for employees, free PC and print access, table football, snooker, play station. People use the ‘Hub’ for weekly therapeutic craft project evenings and just to relax. It brings people together, and many friendship groups have formed through the gym and the Hub. Mutual support is very strong in the company and doubtless underpins people’s wellbeing.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
This year the company completed a £350,000 project for Redwood Park School for mentally challenged young adults. It was a complete rebuild of sports changing facilities and swimming pool refurbishment. The company actively promote their generous charity leave policy whereby staff can volunteer for up to a week. One staff member has recently returned from a week at a holiday camp for adults with disabilities and said it was incredibly humbling, rewarding. Through the Checkatrade Foundation, the company support local, national and international causes; they funded a life-saving defibrillator and training for 12 staff at a primary school near their head office in Selsey. Seal School is where many staff went to school or have children there now and the company were delighted to help. They organised a football match at Crawley Town football ground raising money from staff and the public who wanted to play and spectators and raised £1280. This was divided equally between Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and the Nepal appeal following the earthquake. The cheques were presented to both at a recent game. North East: office took part in the Edinburgh 10k while there is a team running the Great South Run at the end of October. They have sponsored local football teams in Newcastle and Chichester with new kit. Staff play on the teams and it’s great to see them come together and play regularly.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering free gym/ sports facilities or subsidised gym memberships with at least 50% of employees taking this up

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance with at least 50% of employees taking this up

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Development
    Development

    Non work related training supported

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • Staff:

    233

  • UK sites:

    3

  • Male : Female:

    34% / 66%

  • Average Age:

    37

  • Earning £35,000+:

    6%

  • Staff Turnover:

    9%

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