Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Drive economic development in South West England Business support Transform places Low carbon economy Improve infrastructure Leadership and lobbying on behalf of the region Manage EU funds in the region
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  • UK locations:
    South West

About South West RDA

THE WEST COUNTRY is known for being rich in natural beauty, but it also has some of the most economically rundown areas of the country — which is where the South West Regional Development Agency comes in.

One of nine regional development agencies, the Exeter-based body was set up in 1999 to create jobs, make businesses more profitable and help to bring down carbon emissions.

Agency staff appreciate that an average annual salary of £34,782 goes a long way in this part of the UK, earning their employer second place across all organisations in this list with a 70% positive score for providing a Fair Deal.

They are also the happiest of any at mid-sized organisations when it comes to pay and benefits (78%). Their income is a good reflection of their duties (68%, and another top score) and staff are paid fairly relative to people in comparable jobs elsewhere (69%) and in light of what colleagues receive (64%). They are proud that the agency makes a difference to the world (76%, ranking fourth) and does its best for the environment (75%, the second highest score), and for local communities (56%).

The agency has a top 10 rating for Wellbeing (63%). Employees are not in the habit of coming home exhausted (50% and the fourth best score), do not experience stress too often (70%) and their health does not suffer (75%).

What is it like to work for South West RDA

My Manager
My Manager
Learning surgeries have been held across Agency offices, providing people the opportunity to come together and discuss learning needs, training opportunities and to give feedback on various topics. They also have an in house essential management programme which aims to help all managers to harness potential, develop performance, manage projects and lead change.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Each office across the entire organisation has its own environmental champion who is in charge of maintaining and building the commitment to sustainable working policies. They monitor closely and record all electricity, gas and water usage across each site as well as any business mileage and the amount of waste they generate. They have also introduced a cycle to work scheme in an effort to increase the amount of ‘green travel’ that the business undertakes.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
As part of the Performance and Personal Development Review (PPDR) appraisal employees are entitled to pay awards wherever applicable to ensure they are receiving an appropriate salary for their role. This process is also used to calculate the amount of corporate bonus to which employees are entitled. Employees are also rewarded with a generous amount of holiday entitlement and are able to work flexibly to manage their working hours according to the best times that suit the individual.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

Company Statistics

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  • Earning £35,000+:


  • Average Age:


  • Male : Female:

    42% / 58%

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  • Graduate Vacancy Locations:

    Finance, Economics


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