Quick facts
  • What we do:
    The CC is an independent public body which conducts in-depth investigations into mergers, markets and the regulation of the major regulated industries.
  • Year established:
    1999
  • UK locations:
    London

About Competition Commission

STAFF AT THE Competition Commission don't claim to have a monopoly on being happy but they are certainly a contented bunch. The 126 employees are not under too much pressure to concentrate (76% positive), haven't suffered stress-related symptoms in the past 12 months (71%) and their health is not suffering because of work (79%). Only 14 other public sector organisations of all sizes had better ratings for Wellbeing.

With realistic deadlines (63%), staff say their jobs do not interfere with their responsibilities at home (66%), they are not spending too much time in the office (59%, ranked seventh among small bodies), and they are happy with work-life balance (70%).

Together with the Office of Fair Trading and the sector regulators, the commission operates the UK's competition regime. Replacing the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in 1999, the organisation's role is to probe mergers and markets and help regulate industries including postal services, railways and financial services. Its employees feel it makes a positive difference to the world (70%).

Staff have faith in chief executive David Saunders (61%), who joined in February 2009 and was previously the head of consumer and competition policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. They feel Saunders runs the commission on sound moral principles (68%).

Employees — including economists, business advisers, lawyers, administrators, accountants and support staff — have a healthy average annual salary of £62,350 and they get performance-related pay. They say their job is an important part of their life (77%), feel stimulated by work (75%) and care about providing a great service (94%). They also say they are not bored (66%).

About £1,500 a year is spent per employee on formal training, and staff with few formal qualifications or who have not been involved in academic or vocational learning for a long time are encouraged to return to education. The commission also gives study leave and financial help with the cost of exams and professional fees.

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What is it like to work for Competition Commission

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
The Competition Commission have an employee assistance programme offering information, support and advice on a range of wellbeing topics including quitting smoking, healthy eating, weight loss and stress management. The cafeteria offers a range of low fat or healthy eating options to encourage healthy eating. Loans are available to purchase bicycles for the purposes of commuting to and from work.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Employees are offered the option of donating some of their salary to charity each month through a Give as You Earn scheme and employees are offered the option of taking paid leave to participate in charitable activities when appropriate. The Competition Commission also has a recycling partner who provides them with a shredding and recycling facility for confidential papers.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The CC rewards good performance through performance-related pay, performance-related non-consolidated payments and spot awards. All staff are recognised for their efforts through the performance management process at mid-year and end of year reviews and staff receive a letter explaining their performance-related pay annually. Spot award payments are often accompanied by a letter of thanks from a member of the senior management team.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    1

  • Staff:

    126

  • Staff Turnover:

    17%

  • Average Age:

    39

  • Male : Female:

    47% / 53%

  • Earning £35,000+:

    65%

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