Did you know that we are one of the largest private construction companies in the UK? As a family-owned business we know that our people are at the core of our on-going success.

We are very proud to be recognised in the Sunday Times100 Best Companies to work for 2010 and as Construction News' 2011 Contractor of the Year and Employer of the Year.

We recognise that different people want different things from a workplace and this site will help you understand more about how we work, our culture and what's important to us. So, if you like what you see and want to join our team, we'd love to hear from you.

winning formula

We know what we're good at.

Having been in business since 1897 we know what we are good at. Our clear strategy ensures we deliver the promises we make to our customers and has helped us achieve a turnover exceeding £1bn - 80% from existing customers. Our winning formula recently received external recognition when we were named Contractor of the Year, Employer of the Year and received the Judges Supreme Award at the Construction News Awards 2011.

Wates has also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, the BiTC Company of the Year Award and we achieved Platinum status in the BiTC Corporate Responsibility Index.

Across the UK we work with customers ranging from Government departments and local authorities through to high street names like John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Barclays. Every day our teams are creating the schools, offices, retail experiences and affordable housing that will shape the future of the UK's landscape. We set ourselves demanding goals and are well on course to deliver our 2012 business plan. Delivering for customers, on time, on budget, safely. Every time.

worthwhile work

Everyone can make a difference.

We pride ourselves on always providing a service beyond buildings and are thrilled to have been presented with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development as well as Business in The Community's Company of the Year.

The dynamic nature of our work gives us a real opportunity to make a difference to local communities and to protect the environment. Our award-winning approach to corporate responsibility is simple: we deliver for our customers, we look after our people, we protect the environment and we support people and communities in need.

We focus on three core programmes setting ourselves ambitious targets to minimise waste, reduce carbon and boost skills. Each of our sites and offices has initiatives running where everyone is encouraged to get involved and make a difference.


Respect in all that we do.

People businesses, like ours, are rooted in respect. As a family-owned business respect for people, communities and the environment is embedded in our values. Our people are expected to treat each other as they would wish to be treated themselves. We care passionately about safety and wellbeing and our ambition is that every employee feels that Wates is the best company they have ever worked for.

Our annual employee survey shows that our people are very proud to work for Wates which is a fact we never take for granted. Respect for equality and diversity is high on our agenda. We know there is always progress to be made but we are working hard to address this throughout our business. We are proud to have been awarded C2E accreditation.


A place to grow.

By investing in your development we will create the environment for you to grow and to fulfil your career ambitions. Our ethos is to promote from within. We provide support from on-the-job training, technical and interpersonal skills training through to leadership development courses and professional development paths.

We have a two-stage appraisal process to ensure development opportunities are identified. Every year we provide an average of 5 days' training per employee. We are currently supporting 10% of our people through professional development programmes and our structured leadership strategy ensures we develop potential and existing leaders at all levels.


Be valued, be rewarded.

We value each employee as an individual and offer flexible and competitive packages to support that. Our aim is to be an employer of choice by offering a comprehensive total reward package. You will share in our success though our Group bonus scheme and can tailor your benefits through our wide ranging “ME and my benefits” programme. Recognising and celebrating success is ingrained in our culture from our Wates Champions and Business Excellence awards which recognise outstanding performance and employees going the extra mile, to our Refer a Friend, recruitment incentive scheme.


Striking the right balance.

We know how important it is to be able to balance home and work responsibilities. We recognise the benefits this brings both for Wates and our people. So we are always looking at ways to improve, whether though informal or more permanent flexible working arrangements.

Our family friendly approach includes industry-leading maternity and adoption leave entitlements and our flexible benefits package “ME and my benefits” is designed so you can tailor your benefits to your individual lifestyle needs.