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Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards 2016 finalists announced

Published: 13 Apr 2016

The finalists for Britain’s most family-friendly workplaces have been announced today by the UK’s leading work-life balance charity Working Families

The annual Top Employers for Working Families [1] Special Awards have seven categories across a range of work-life policies and practices, including flexible working initiatives.

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families [4], said:

“The Top Employers for Working Families special awards shortlist showcases the UK’s most flexible and agile workplaces. With the strides we’ve seen in family-friendly legislation, and rising expectations amongst younger families about sharing work and care, these forward-thinking employers are rightly getting ahead of the game. The finalists recognise the importance of going with the grain of their employees’ lives and they will be rewarded with loyalty and engagement.  They have gone the extra mile with the support they offer their employees and their place in the finals is well-deserved.”

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare, lead sponsor of Top Employers for Working Families [5] said:

“Excellent staff wellbeing is a universal characteristic of truly successful organisations: by enabling employees to live rounded family lives, employers themselves can benefit from a happier, healthier, loyal workforce that also helps improve the bottom line.

“Families are at the heart of what Computershare does – as an employer and through the services we offer, and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards again this year. I look forward to seeing which organisations are recognised for their commitment this year.”


American Express Best Flexible Working Initiative Award

  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Cisco
  • Royal Air Force

Centrica Best for Modern Families Award

  • J. P. Morgan
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Santander

Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

  • Barclays
  • ScottishPower

Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

  • Ministry of Justice
  • West Dunbartonshire Council

Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

  • EY

Cityparents Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award

  • Civil Service
  • Deloitte LLP
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Sacker & Partners LLP

The Innovation Award

  • Citi
  • Civil Service
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Royal Air Force
  • West Midlands Police

The results will be announced on the afternoon of 13th June at London’s Vintners’ Hall.

For more information contact Liz Whitehead, Working Families’ Press Office on 020 7253 7243  or email elizabeth.whitehead@workingfamilies.org.uk


Notes to editors

[1] The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards 2016


The winners of the Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony which takes place on 13th June at Vintners’ Hall, London. Those who have been shortlisted could be commended or win an award. The Top Employers Benchmark survey is still open and will close on 23rd May.

[2] Case studies of previous award winners are available here Case studies of this year’s winners will be available from 14 June 2016.  Please contact the press office for further details.

[3] Judging Panel. The award entries 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; Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester; Carole Edmonds, Business Consultant and former MD of Bright Horizons and Jonathan Swan, Research and Information Manager, Working Families.  The judging process for the Special Awards is anonymous – none of the judges knows the identity of the companies they are judging.

[4] 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

[5] Sponsors

Lead Sponsor of Top Employers for Working Families – Computershare

Special Award sponsors:

American Express – sponsor of Best Flexible Working Initiative

Carers UK – sponsor of Best for Carers and Eldercare

Centrica – sponsor of Best for Modern Families

Cityparents – sponsor of Best for All Stages of Motherhood

Direct Line Group – sponsor of Best for Embedded Flexibility

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