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Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled



This year’s Top Ten – in alphabetical order – are:

  • American Express
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • DWF LLP
  • EY
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing Association

The placings are based on the highly competitive Working Families’ benchmarking survey, sponsored by Computershare, which examines all aspects of workplace agility/flexibility and how employers support the work-life balance of all their staff. The survey is open to employer members of Working Families. Key findings in 2016 include: 

  • 94 per cent of organisations have the support of senior leaders who champion flexibility; 
  • 57 per cent include creating a flexible and family friendly workplace in their values or mission statement, but only 39 per cent see flexibility as a ‘normal’ model of work
  • More employers are now evaluating vacancies to see whether they might be offered on a flexible working basis: only 36 per cent still require hiring managers to justify creating a full time post

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families [3], said:

“Congratulations to these employers, all building truly flexible, agile workplaces fit for the future. This year, more than nine out of ten organisations told us that their senior leaders support flexibility and more than half reported that they include flexibility and family-friendly working in their values or mission statement. 

“What we need now is for flexibility to become part of ‘business as usual’, reflected in strategic planning, recruitment, project management, organisational policies and everything in between.”

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare [4], lead sponsor of Top Employers for Working Families said:

“Across the country the work life balance of thousands of employees is improving and organisations are benefiting from improved loyalty and engagement as employers embrace practices that better accommodate workers with families. The standard of application for this year’s Working Families’ Benchmark was once more extraordinary, and I’m delighted that Computershare has again been able to give recognition to such inspiring examples of working practices.”

FULL LIST OF TOP 30 EMPLOYERS FOR WORKING FAMILIES 2016

(please note these are in alphabetical order and are not ranked)

Top 10 Employers for Working Families

  • American Express
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • DWF LLP
  • EY
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing Association

Top 11-30 Employers for Working Families

  • Aimia
  • Allen & Overy
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP 
  • Imperial College London
  • KPMG LLP
  • Mayer Brown
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Royal Mail Group
  • Santander UK
  • Scottish Government
  • Simmons and Simmons
  • UBS AG
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Suffolk
  • Wales & West Housing 
  • Westfield Europe Limited

The results were announced on 4th October at the National Work Life Week [2] Conference in London. 

For more information contact Liz Whitehead, Working Families’ Press Office on 0777 0657760 or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk

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