POOLE’S global cosmetics brand Lush has again been rated one of the best retailers to work for.

It held on to its number two spot in the annual league table, with Wren Kitchens named the best.

John Lewis & Partners, which topped last year’s list, fell to eighth place. Earlier this year, it slashed its annual staff bonus to three per cent – the lowest level since 1953.

Third on the list was bed retailer Dreams followed by shoe chain Clarks and high street giant Marks and Spencer, with Harrods also scoring well among its staff. The six most popular retail brands among employees are all homegrown, UK-based companies.

The research is based on tens of thousands of reviews posted by staff to the website Indeed.

Hilary Jones, Ethics director at Lush, said: “We are so lucky at Lush that we seem to attract staff who love our products, want to pass that love on to our customers and who care deeply about issues affecting the wider world, our planet and the other people and animals we share it with.

"Add all that together and what you get is a bunch of people who are highly motivated, strongly opinionated and driven to make improvements in all areas of work and the world - no business could ask for more.”

The top 15 were as follows.

1 Wren Kitchens

2 Lush

3 Dreams

4 Clarks

5 Marks & Spencer

6 Harrods

7 Adidas

8 John Lewis & Partners

9 Ikea

10 Maplin

11 Sainsbury’s

12 Game

13 Shop Direct

14 Superdry

15 Schuh