J D Wetherspoon


Established in 1979 J D Wethersoon has come a long way from its humble beginnings in North London. Now their annual sales exceed £1.5 billion and they employ more than 37,000 people.

Our People

Top Employer United Kingdom 2017

Top Employer United Kingdom 2016

Top Employer United Kingdom 2015

J D Wetherspoon aim to be a highly regarded employers, through investment in training, policies on equality, competitive remuneration package and by encouraging all employees to participate actively in the business strategy

Attracting & Retaining Talent

  • Created over 600 new jobs in 2015/16, the majority of which are within the local communities of our pubs across the UK and Ireland
  • 5% of staff are aged 25 years or under and, for many, this is their first experience of working
  • The average length of service for a pub manager is now over 11 years and 20% of hourly paid employees have been with Wetherspoon for over 3 years
  • The company strives to provide careers rather than just jobs and those showing promise is given the opportunity to progress

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The breakdown by gender across the company is as follows:

  • 52% is female and 48% is male
  • At a senior manager level, 41% is female and 59% is male
  • At Board level, 43% is female and 57% is male
  • The company has been recognised as an ‘Age Positive’ and a ‘Disability Confident’ employer, by the Department for Work and Pensions


  • In addition to basic pay, all employees are eligible for the company bonus scheme, which is paid monthly to pub based staff and half yearly to head office based staff
  • All employees with more than 18 months’ service are eligible to join the Share Incentive Plan (SIP) and receive free shares in the company, giving them the opportunity to benefit from in the company’s future success. Employees can also choose to purchase additional shares in the company under the Partnership Shares Scheme
  • The company awarded bonuses and shares (SIPs) for employees of £33.0 million in the year, an increase of 7.5% (2015: £30.7 million)
  • All employees also receive a staff discount that can be used on or off duty in our pubs and hotels, and are able to join our company health and pension plans, as well as obtain tax-efficient childcare vouchers

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