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The Top Employers for Working Families Awards shortlist is unveiled

Published: 1 Jun 2015

Top Employers for Working Families 2015 brochures

The Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards

the shortlist is unveiled today

Working Families has today announced the official shortlist for the annual Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards, sponsored by Computershare. The UK-wide awards celebrate and showcase the policies and practices of employers who offer exceptional flexible and family-friendly workplaces. This year, organisations from a wide range of sectors and sizes have won through to the finals from an outstanding field of entries.

The finalists in each of the seven categories are:

The Centrica best for flexible working award

American Express

Cafcass

National Assembly of Wales

The Santander best new flexible working initiative

Barclays Bank

DLA Piper

EY

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UK Civil Service

The DTCC best for innovation award

Barclays Bank

Deloitte

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Ministry of Justice

The Citymothers best for all stages of motherhood award

Hogan Lovells

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London School of Economics and Political Science

UK Civil Service

The Cityfathers best for all stages of fatherhood award

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London School of Economics and Political Science

National Grid

Scottish Parliament

West Dunbartonshire Council

The Direct Line best for line managers award

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Wales & West Housing

The Carers UK and National Grid best for carers and eldercare award

Centrica

University of Lincoln

Ministry of Justice

West Dunbartonshire Council

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said:

‘This is an exciting landmark year for the Top Employers for Working Families awards. The work-life and flexible working landscape is truly changing. In the last 12 months we’ve welcomed the extension of the Right to Request flexible working to all employees and the introduction of Shared Parental Leave for new parents. Employers who go the extra mile to offer support to parents, carers and flexible workers will attract the best staff and will reap the benefits of a loyal, engaged and productive workforce.  The judging panel was impressed by the inspiring and innovative policies and practices in this year’s entrants and congratulate all finalists on gaining a hard-won place on the shortlist.’

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare said:

‘Computershare strongly believes that both employees and employers gain from a working culture that promotes a balance with family and personal life, and we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Working Families Awards again.

‘Computershare helps organisations provide the best employee benefits available and to communicate them in a way that helps improve productivity, loyalty and happiness in the workplace.

‘Our relationship with Working Families is both important and longstanding and we’re looking forward to continuing our work together, helping employers support their staff.’

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Notes to editors

For more information on the finalists and their entry contact

Liz Whitehead, Working Families Press Office on 020 7253 7243 or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk

Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards 2015

www.topemployersforworkingfamilies.org.uk

Case studies of previous award winners are available here.

The winners of the Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 16th June at Vintners’ Hall, London.

Judging Panel. The final winners of each Special Award category were judged by the following panel:  Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Families; Katie Jacobs, Editor, HR magazine; Mary Mercer, Associate Principal Consultant, Institute for Employment Studies; Sue Lewis,Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Leadership, Work and Organisation at Middlesex University Business School; Charlotte Sweeney, consultant, thought leader and writer on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing; and Jonathan Swan, Research Officer, Working Families.  The judging process for the Special Awards is anonymous – none of the judges knows the identity of the companies which they are judging.

About Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life organisation.  The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.www.workingfamilies.org.uk  Twitter @workingfamuk

The Working Families helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits.  Call 0300 012 0312 or email advice@workingfamilies.org.uk

Lead Sponsor – Computershare

Media Partner – HR magazine

Carers UK – joint sponsor of best for carers and eldercare

Centrica– sponsor of the best for flexible working award

Direct Line – sponsor of the best for line managers award

DTCC – sponsor of the best for innovation award

National Grid – joint sponsor of best for carers and eldercare

Santander – sponsor of the best new flexible working initiative