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The Top Employers for Working Families are announced

Published: 4 Oct 2016

Benchmark Report 2016

Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled

Top Employers for Working Families are announced today by the UK’s work-life balance charity Working Families

Employers compete annually to be named a Top Employer for Working Families.

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

  • American Express
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • 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.”


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

 Top 10 Employers for Working Families

American Express





Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Justice

National Assembly for Wales

Royal Bank of Scotland

Southdown Housing Association

Top 11-30 Employers for Working Families


Allen & Overy

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Crown Prosecution Service

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Imperial College London


Mayer Brown

Pinsent Masons

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Mail Group

Santander UK

Scottish Government

Simmons and Simmons


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


Notes to editors

[1] The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark 2016


The Top 30 Employers for Working Families were announced at the National Work Life Week Conference which takes place on 4th October in London.

The Top Employers Benchmark was established by Working Families in 2010 with the Institute for Employment Studies. The Benchmark is UK-wide and open to all Working Families’ Employer Members. The Benchmark identifies employers who recognise and leverage the powerful links between flexibility and agile working, engagement, well-being, and high-performance.

The full benchmark report can be downloaded here:  https://workingfamilies.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Top-Employers-Benchmark-Report-2016.pdf

Photos of the winners will be available from Wednesday 5th October. Contact press@workingfamilies.org.uk

[2] National Work Life Week 2016

The Top 30 Employers for Working Families are announced during National Work Life Week which is sponsored by Cisco. The Week includes Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 5th October. For further information including details of regional and national poll results please contact Jenny Legg jenny.legg@googlemail.com or 07725 619304

[3] About Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance charity. We support and advocate on behalf of working parents and carers, and work with employers to create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone. Working Families provides a range of advice for parents and carers, including on parental leave, paternity pay and negotiating flexible working. Workingfamilies.org.uk

[4] Sponsor

Lead Sponsor of Top Employers for Working Families – Computershare

About Computershare Limited (CPU)

Computershare (ASX: CPU) is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, mortgage servicing, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialise in corporate trust, bankruptcy, class action and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.

Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in high integrity data management, high volume transaction processing and reconciliations, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world’s leading organisations use us to streamline and maximise the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors and customers.

Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over 16,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.computershare.com.