Ulster two among best 100 places to work in the UK
Two Northern Ireland businesses have made it on to a list of the Top 100 companies considered the best places to work in the UK.
Belfast-based IT specialist Kainos was the highest placed local firm and entered the list for the first time at number 55.
Meanwhile Botanic Inns, which runs a number of bars across Northern Ireland, made it into the list for the fifth consecutive year, this time at number 78.
The table is compiled from the results of anonymous surveys filled in by employees, chosen at random, who work for companies with 250 to 4,999 employees.
The Northern Ireland firms are in good company, sitting alongside businesses such as online travel company Expedia, The Savoy Hotel and IT company Adobe Systems.
Dominic McGeown, head of human resources at Botanic Inns, said making the list is a testament to the company's staff.
"While 2012 was a challenging time for the hospitality industry, we know that our success is dependent on our staff and this award demonstrates that we are continuing to compete with the very best companies in the UK," he said.
"Our talented workforce has proven their ability to provide customers and visitors alike with an enjoyable first class experience and we will continue to recognise and reward the input of employees to the success of the business.
"As an industry we must continue to support and develop the local economy by attracting both leisure and business tourists and firmly establish Belfast on the international tourist map."
The list also includes companies based elsewhere in the UK which have offices here such as public relations company Weber Shandwick, while the highest ranking retail company with a branch here is Beaverbrooks the Jeweller.
The top ranking company was UKRD Group, a commercial radio station from Redruth in Cornwall.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Times also published a list of The Best Big Companies to Work for in the UK, one which was topped by petcare retailer Pets at Home, Iceland Foods and IHG.