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The University of Hawaiʻi System was recognized as one of the best employers in Hawaiʻi in a new nationwide ranking by Forbes. In its “America’s Best Employers By State” list released on August 24, UH placed seventh overall and fifth among local employers in Hawaiʻi.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to survey 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees (an estimated 65 companies in Hawaiʻi and more than 40,000 nationally). Surveys were conducted on a rolling basis from October 2020 to June 2021. The final list ranks the 1,328 employers that received the most recommendations.

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The rankings are based on a variety of criteria, including competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement and others related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as safety of the work environment and openness to telecommuting. Respondents were also asked how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others and to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.

“This has been one of the most challenging years in recent memory, so I’m incredibly proud of the resilience, passion and commitment of all our employees pulling together to serve Hawaiʻi when our state needs us most,” UH President David Lassner said. “It is an incredible honor for UH to be recognized for providing an environment in which our faculty, staff and administrators have been able to support students and communities across the islands.”