How do you become the best place to work in PR?

PRWeek’s Best Places to Work scheme has been designed to help PR agency and client-side comms team leaders develop the best possible working environments for their staff, while recognising outstanding workplaces and initiatives.

Mental wellbeing and mental health support will be a special focus for the scheme in 2019. This comes as PRWeek/PRCA's industry survey found 60% of comms professionals have suffered from mental ill health, and recent months have seen a greater focus by employers on the issue.

All organisations that enter the Best Places to Work Awards are encouraged to take advantage of a bespoke report containing confidential benchmarks and feedback, offering critical insight from third party experts into where your workplace excels (and where it falls short).

Entering consists of completing a carefully crafted survey, as well as a telephone interview if you opt to receive a bespoke benchmarking report.

Registration for the 2019 Best Places to Work Awards is now closed. Please contact if you have any queries.

The Best Places to Work Awards

This year the awards consist of four main categories:

  • Large Agency (100+ UK employees)
  • Mid-Size Agency (30-99 UK employees)
  • Small Agency (2-29 UK employees)
  • In-House Communications Department

PRWeek has assembled four expert judging panels; one for each category. Once the awards have closed for entries, the judging panels will decide on five finalists in each category. Finalists will then take part in face-to-face panel sessions in central London to decide the winner and highly commended entry for each category.

Entrants will also be considered for additional categories that reward outstanding practices around Reward, Culture, Organisational Health, and Mental Health, giving you additional opportunities to be recognised. The latter category will be part-judged by CALM and mental health will also form the basis of several questions in the main entry form.

The panel sessions will take place in central London on 3-4 April 2019:

  • In-House Communications Department: 3 April, morning
  • Mid-Size Agency: 3 April, afternoon
  • Small Agency: 4 April, morning
  • Large Agency: 4 April, afternoon

Winners will be announced at a drinks reception in central London on Thursday 25 April 2019.

Bespoke Benchmarking

Find out exactly how you measure up with personalised benchmarks and feedback. You’ll discover the areas where you’re falling behind, and the areas where you’re better than everyone else.

Once the awards have closed for entries, all entrants that purchase a bespoke benchmarking report will receive a unique, confidential report that shows their data against the aggregated scores of all 2019 entrants.

In addition, the report will contain expert feedback from two supporting organisations: CALM, the mental health charity; and REBA, the membership body for reward and employee benefits practitioners. The feedback will be based on the entry survey plus a follow-up telephone interview.

Please note that you must purchase your bespoke benchmarking report at the time of registration.

PRWeek Jobs Recruitment Package

As a brand new addition for 2019, entrants can opt for a premium package that includes entry to the awards, a bespoke benchmarking report, and an exclusive recruitment marketing campaign via PRWeek Jobs.

The package includes up to 5 standard job listings, or 1 ‘Applications Assured’ listing, and a Wonderful Workplaces Q&A ‘What is it like to work at…’ article to be featured on the PRWeek Careers homepage and promoted via email and social media marketing.


Packages and prices

Awards entry + bespoke benchmarking report + PRWeek Jobs recruitment package = £1,995 +VAT

Awards entry + bespoke benchmarking report = £995 +VAT

Awards entry only = £395 +VAT

Entry process

    1. Register via the link below, indicating whether you’d like to receive a bespoke benchmarking report and the PRWeek Jobs recruitment package.
    2. Complete your payment (by invoice or credit card).
    3. Complete the entry survey (a link with instructions will be provided upon confirmation of registration).
    4. Complete the follow-up telephone interview (if you have opted to receive a bespoke benchmarking report).

The entry survey must be completed in full by no later than Friday 8 March 2019.

Please note that only one entry per organisation will be accepted.

If you have any queries or require any assistance, please contact the team by emailing