Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland’s Top 50 Employers 2018

By Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph Business Editor

The Belfast Telegraph Top 100 Companies 2018 in association with Arthur Cox has been published.

This year we also list our Top 50 biggest employers, including supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury’s.

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This time next year, their merger is likely to have gone ahead in a big shake-up for thousands of Northern Ireland supermarket employees.

Position Name Business activity 2016 2015 Change
1 Tesco Retailing 9,634 10,202 -568
2 Bombardier Shorts Aerospace man 4,778 4,882 -104
3 Moy Park Poultry proc. 4,593 4,476 117
4 Asda Stores Retailing 3,911 4,268 -357
5 Four Seasons Nursing homes 3,839 4,204 -365
6 Noonan Services Support services 3,600 3,353 247
7 Teleperformance Call centres 2,827 2,920 -93
8 John Henderson Retail 2,773 2,536 237
9 J.Sainsbury Retail 2,577 2,522 55
10 BT (NI) Telecoms 2,529 2,498 31
11 Marks & Spencer Retail 2,467 2,550 -83
12 Ulster Bank Bank 2,302 2,247 55
13 Convergys Call centre 2,269 435 1,834
14 Allstate (NI) Info processor 2,160 2,267 -107
15 Boots Retail chemists 2,157 2,182 -25
16 Almac [7 cos.] Pharmaceuticals 2,149 2,113 36
17 Lloyds banking Financial service 1,863 1,745 118
18 Citigroup Financial service 1,847 1,585 262
19 Norbrook Labs Pharmaceuticals 1,766 1,653 113
20 Caterpillar (NI) Engineering 1,666 1,666 0
21 Wrights Group Bus assembly 1,655 1,579 76
22 Firstsource Call centre 1,606 1,886 -280
23 Concentrix Call centre 1,547 1,563 -16
24 Golf holdings Drinks distributor 1,508 1,525 -17
25 Danske Bank Bank 1,489 1,505 -16
26 Dunbia Meat processor 1,367 1,170 197
27 G4S [3 cos.] Support services 1,361 1,063 298
28 PWC Financial services 1,326 1,130 196
29 Seagate Tech. IT equipment 1,321 1,408 -87
30 Santander Financial service 1,277 1,193 84
31 N.I.E.Networks Electricity supply 1,253 880 373
32 Next Retail 1,251 1,164 87
33 Robinson Services Support services 1,231 1,126 105
34 Terex [2 cos.] Engineering eq. 1,207 1,055 152
35 Dunnes Stores Retail 1,123 1,287 -164
36 Graham Holdings Construction 1,097 1,063 34
37 Primark Retail 1,064 927 137
38 Mount Charles Catering services 1,006 1,047 -41
39 Bank of Ireland Bank 996 1,007 -11
40 Charles Hurst Vehicle sales 960 811 149
41 Musgrave Gp (2cs) Retail 933 859 74
42 Northstone Construction 908 949 -41
43 Karro Food Meat processor 894 825 69
44 B&M Retail 888 811 77
45 Iceland Foods Retail 880 842 38
46 Heatons (NI) Retail 875 840 35
47 Randox Pharmaceuticals 839 815 24
48 First Trust Bank 820 871 -51
49 McDonalds/Rahon Fast food 807 707 100
50 Linden Foods Food processor 775 810 -35

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