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Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled

Published: 3 Oct 2017

Top Employers for Working Families are announced today

Organisations across the UK who are leading the way in building flexible, family friendly workplaces have been unveiled today. Employers large and small from many sectors compete annually to gain a place on the list of Top Employers for Working Families.

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

  • American Express
  • Barclays Bank
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing

Employers answer in-depth questions and are scored on four key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family friendly working environment. These are: integration which looks at culture, attitude and how far flexibility has become embedded; policy which looks at the creation, development and deployment of flexibility; consistent practice which considers how well flexibility is supported and measurement and results which looks at the effects of flexibility on the organisation, and their ability to understand those effects.

In 2017, Top 30 employers include organisations from England, Scotland and Wales and from large and small, public and private sector organisations.

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:

Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible, agile workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families. The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.

All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers. Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey.

But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business. Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching for the tired 9-5 model.


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

Top 10 Employers for Working Families 

American ExpressIntellectual Property Office
Barclays BankLloyds Banking Group
Crown Prosecution ServicePinsent Masons
DeloitteRoyal Bank of Scotland
EYSouthdown Housing

Top 11-30 Employers for Working Families

Allen & OveryMinistry of Justice
Bank of EnglandNational Assembly for Wales
Berwin Leighton PaisnerOliver Wyman
CitiPublic Health England
DWFRoyal Bank of Canada
Hogan LovellsSimmons & Simmons
Imperial College LondonUBS AG
Independent Living Fund ScotlandUniversity of Suffolk
LSEWestfield Europe
Mayer BrownYorkshire Building Society


The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark 2017

The Top 30 Employers for Working Families are announced at the National Work Life Week Conference on 2nd October in London.

The Top Employers for Working Families benchmark was established by Working Families in 2010. The benchmark is UK-wide and open to all Working Families’ employer members.

The benchmark is a way for employers to see whether they are ahead or behind the curve in the development of flexible and family friendly working, and to get tailored feedback and next steps support from Working Families.  To register an interest in taking part in the 2018 benchmark contact events@workingfamilies.org.uk

Find out more about Working Families employer membership.

National Work Life Week 2017

The Top 30 Employers for Working Families are announced during National Work Life Week. Use #WorkLifeWeek to join the conversation.