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  • A cover image of the Working Families Index 2022 report

    Working Families Index 2022

    The Working Families Index is the most comprehensive study of the experience of work and family life in the UK.  Based on a survey of 2,806 parents and carers in late 2021, it examines finances, working arrangements, managing and sharing childcare, and personal wellbeing – and tracks their development over time.  

  • Making flexible working the default

    In Autumn 2021 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launched a consultation on a series of proposals to make flexible working the default employment position. This is Working Families' response to the BEIS consultation.

  • Hybrid Working – Practical Guidance

    This guidance is designed to help employers harness the benefits of well managed hybrid working practices which can help organisations attract and retain staff while supporting employee wellbeing, inclusion and performance.

  • Working parents, flexibility and job quality: What are the trade-offs?

    Working Families has been supporting parents and carers in work for over 40 years. Over those decades we’ve seen plenty of progress, but we know that some barriers to change have remained stubbornly in place. This report adds significantly to our understanding of the elements of work parents see as most important now and looking into the future, as well as their attitudes to job quality.

  • National Work Life Week 2021 Briefing

    New polling, carried out to mark the start of National Work Life Week 2021 (Oct 11–15), shows a wide gulf in how parents and carers are managing to balance their work and home lives as we come out of the pandemic. 

  • Employers Benchmark Report 2021

    This report aims to provide an overview of how some of the UK’s leading public, private and third sector organisations are working to support their teams.

  • Building back better for working parents – FlexTheUK Campaign Briefing

    Now the relaxing of those final restrictions is in sight, we wanted to capture how the UK’s 13 million working parents are feeling about their experiences of work and family life over recent months, what their concerns are as we move into the ‘new normal’, and their thoughts on the future of work.

  • Balancing Work and Caring

    This guide covers a host of topics – from your legal rights at work, to finding and funding appropriate childcare and care for adults, to tips for self-care.

  • Six months of COVID-19

    An impact report about the various services provided by Working Families during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Flexistability: Building back better for the UK’s working families

    The social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have ushered in extraordinary changes in our country, almost overnight. The impact of the pandemic on families has been multi-faceted and, for some, extreme.