The best companies to work for in the UK

Over half the top 25 companies for pay and benefits have offices outside the capital

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Tech companies, business consultants and IT firms have some of the best pay and benefits of any company in the UK, according to the job ratings site Glassdoor.

Glassdoor used employee ratings to rank the top 25 companies in the UK for pay and benefits and found that tech companies came out top.

The tech boom in the UK has extended further than the capital. Over half of the top 25 companies for pay and benefits have offices outside the capital. Other UK business hubs include Bolton, Maidenhead, Marlowe in Buckinghamshire, Staines, Abingdon and Wigan.

The top ten is not all tech companies. Tourism is represented by Holiday Extras, based in Kent, which comes in at 14, while food and beverages is represented by Mars, based in Slough, which comes in at 22.

Glassdoor said that while many employees ranked their company solely on salary, others said they were swayed by benefits like health care, free food, holiday allowance, computer game consoles in the office and even spas.

Here are the top 25.

Facebook employees get free food all day

1. Facebook

Based in London

"Smartest people to work with - Great benefits (free food for breakfast, lunch, dinner) - healthy work environment and an amazing working culture." – Facebook, Internet Marketing Analyst

Jive Software offers flexible working hours

2. Jive Software

Based in Reading

“Highly skilled and driven team with great team support and flexible working hours. Brilliant working environment. Excellent salary and benefits. Sense of fun.” – Jive Software, Professional Services

Employees said the most important perk at MediaMath was empowerment

3. MediaMath

Based in London

“MediaMath offers all the cool perks expected within the industry such as free food and drink, cool working environment and social events but it is more the empowerment you get offered.” – MediaMath employee

Equal Experts employees liked the company's structure

4. Equal Experts

Based in London

“Good salary: the associate/partners structure allows the employee to get a really good deal.” – Equal Experts, Partner

AO is hoping to become the leading European retailer of electrical products

5. AO employee

Based in Bolton

“The benefits are excellent with the addition of a great office environment including a Starbucks and Spa.” – AO employee (Bolton)

6. Informatica

7. Softcat

8. Baringa

9. BCG

10. Salesforce

11. Attenda

12. HomeAway

13. AutoTrader

14. HolidayExtras

15. Peninsula

16. McKinsey&Company

17. Skype

18. Newton

19. New Voice Media

20. Netbuilder

21. BMC

22. Mars

23. Bain & Company

24. Imperial Tobacco

25. Google