Media Employer of the Year

Last Thursday 22nd February, we hosted our annual Media Employer of the Year awards at Century Club in Soho. This year was the event’s 21st birthday so to celebrate, the awards were treated to an extra special guest-host, comedian Sarah Bennetto. Whilst the bubbly flowed and the canapes were served, Sarah performed a hilarious set to the 100 strong audience, who represented over 45 different companies from across the media sector.

Media Employer of the Year is Pathfinders Recruitment’s flagship event. This award is unique in that it celebrates the achievements of media employers specifically; their learning and development policies, employment benefits, attraction and retention of staff, training programmes and company culture.

At Pathfinders Recruitment we regularly survey our candidates on what they look for in a potential employer. The responses always lead to the same conclusions: employees are excited by prospects, training, and opportunities for progression. In a regularly changing employment market, it is therefore more important than ever to highlight shining examples of employers’ progressive treatment of their staff.

This year there were six shortlisted nominees from a variety of media channels. Ogilvy and Mather, Clarion Communications, Hotwire Global, Aspectus Group, Endemol Shine and Racepoint Global all blew the judges away with their nominations. Head judge Aliya Vigor-Robertson (co-founder of Journey HR) said, “This was by far the toughest year to decide.” As a result, the independent judging panel (Aliya was joined by Dee Gibbs, CEO and Founder of Liberty Communications, and Louise Newman, PHA Media) decided to award one company with Media Employer of the Year, and another with Highly Commended.

Aspectus Group took home the Highly Commended, to the great pleasure of CEO Alastair Turner, who has since written about the importance of company culture and his pride at taking home this prize.

The winning prize went to Hotwire Global, whose UK Managing Director Matt Cross had this to say about being crowned Media Employer of the Year 2018:

“We are really delighted to have won this year, not least because it is a reminder that we take a lot of our benefits for granted but when they are recognised independently like this it brings it home about what a great environment and culture we’re building.”

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Hotwire for their incredibly well-deserved win, and to all those shortlisted!

If you think you might be the next Media Employer of the Year and would like to nominate yourselves for 2019, please email

You can find the full photo album from Media Employer of the Year 2018 on our Facebook page.


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