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A new report reveals the UK's most sought-after employers., one of Britain’s largest online fashion retailers, has been named the UK’s most sought-after employer - according to the 2018 Top Companies list released today by LinkedIn - moving up from second place in 2017.

LinkedIn has compiled its third annual list of the Top Companies professionals most want to work for.

After a challenging year for the British high-street, significantly fewer high-street retail chains feature on this year’s list; instead, online retailers such as and Amazon have climbed the rankings. Meanwhile, the luxury retail market continues to succeed in attracting the top talent, with brands including Richemont, Kering, Selfridges and L’Oréal making the list.

Despite uncertainty following Brexit, the UK’s financial services continue to be attractive to talent, with Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays and JPMorgan Chase entering the list this year. Four professional services businesses also joined the list for the first time – McKinsey & Company, EY, Accenture, and Boston Consulting – following the fastest growth in business volumes across the sector since August 2015.

The 25 highest ranked LinkedIn Top Companies for 2018

3McKinsey & Company16Goldman Sachs
5Kering18Lloyds Banking Group
6JPMorgan Chase19Accenture
10Boston Consulting Group23Virgin
11Selfridges Group24Volkswagen
12Apple25Dell Technologies

"Every year the Top Companies list reminds us how fierce the competition for talent is, and 2018 is no different. We've seen that businesses are increasingly using LinkedIn to make themselves as attractive as possible to the top talent, by leveraging their employees as brand ambassadors to convey the most authentic voice" Emily Spaven, UK News Editor at LinkedIn, commented.

Holly Middlemiss, Talent Brand & Engagement Partner at ASOS, commented: “Our ASOSers live and breathe our values of authenticity, creativity and bravery in everything they do. It’s equally important for us reflect these through our employer brand, bringing to life our unique culture internally and externally. At ASOS we do things not just to simply tick a box – rather, we genuinely care, we want to do the right thing and see the value in doing so. You spend a majority of your life at work, so why shouldn’t it be with a company you love, where you believe you’re making a positive difference and feel truly valued?”