Leeds has happiest workers - if they’re employed by the council

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Leeds City Council workers have scored their employer as one of top names in the public sector for job satisfaction, new figures reveal.

Council leader Judith Blake said: “We are very proud to have been named by Indeed as one of the top 20 public sector and non-profit organisations in the UK to work for.

“At Leeds City Council we are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding, committed and talented workforce who has proved time and time again to be extremely resilient to the many challenges that local government faces.

“It is therefore really great news that the work we do in turn as a council and employer to try to deliver a positive, supportive and welcoming environment for staff has been recognised through this survey.”

The results were based on reviews left by visitors on individual company pages on Indeed’s website.

Algorithms were used to rank companies using a variety of factors, such as average rating, number of reviews and the history of job openings.

Oxfam topped the list, with 1,000 review being posted for the charity.

Local authorities – which have seen their budgets cut by billions since 2010 – scored poorly with employees.

Leeds was the only city council to make the list. It employs 14,578 people, 12,400 on a full-time basis, for jobs such as museum curators, call centre staff and refuse workers.