The most dog friendly companies to work for in the UK have been revealed, according to a new report.
Research conducted by Rover.com, the world’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers, shows which businesses offer the most support or benefits for employees with pets.
This follows a recent survey from Rover, which found that 65 percent of UK owners think working alongside their dog improves their mental health and wellness.
Factors taken into consideration when determining the UK’s top dog-friendly companies included whether dogs were allowed into the office, paid time off for pet bereavement or adoption, a pet ‘stipend’ to help with costs such as insurance, and in-office amenities like treats, gates or dog beds.
Number one on the list of 17 companies was consumer research platform Attest.
The London-based company, which was rated 4.38 out of five overall, scored in all four of Rover’s applicable categories, offering dog-friendly office spaces, time off for pet needs and a pet stipend, plus other amenities.
A statement from Rover read: “Attest’s team members are supported with up to 5 paid days off when they adopt a new pet and up to 8 weeks of extra flexible time to ensure they have adequate time with their new family member.
“Attest also celebrates and shares important information on each office dog using their internal ‘Dogtabase.’”
However, service company TaskRabbit, whose UK office is also in London, and Leeds-based petcare business Itch, were close behind Attest.
Each scoring 4.36 out of five overall, the two companies ranked in second and third place.
Unsurprisingly, both businesses allowed dogs into the office, offer at-work amenities for animals and time off for pets, with Itch also providing a pet ‘stipend’.
Notably, though, TaskRabbit does offer pet parent employees full coverage for their animal’s insurance, as well as three extra days of paid leave when they adopt a new furry family member.
Workers at Itch, meanwhile, get PTO and a £50 pet gift when they adopt a new pet, as well as additional benefits like pet charity volunteer days off and birthday gifts for their pet.
Itch employees are also offered paid time off for pet bereavement.
Ranking fourth on the list with a score of 4.29, ethical dog breeding platform and pet community Tailwise has similarly sympathetic PTO policies.
Team members at Tailwise can take up to five extra days when adopting a new pet, while bereavement time off is at the discretion of the employee.
In fifth place, meanwhile, was Procore Technologies, in London.
Rated 4.24 overall, the construction software management company scored highly thanks to its range of doggy benefits.
Rover’s report explained: “Aside from the “furry-friends” Slack channel, pet parents enjoy partial coverage for pet insurance, quarterly stipends for pet care, dog-friendly happy hour “pawties,” and Procore-branded dog tags.”
Lower down the list but with similarly unique offerings were CharlieHR, at number 12, which offers dog play rooms and a rooftop doggy park, as well as office space rental agency Kontor, at number 8, who provide in-office doggy daycare.
Rover’s Best Dog-Friendly Companies of 2021:
6. Slightly Foxed
7. Hug Pet Food
13. Spottydog Communications
Interestingly, 82 per cent of the businesses included in this year’s list from Rover claimed that being dog-friendly has positively impacted the hiring of new recruits in a competitive jobs market.
See the full report from Rover here.