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  • Working through COVID-19 and beyond: the perspective from employers

    In September 2020, we asked Working Families’ employer members to tell us how they had managed the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic had presented.

  • COVID-19 and flexible working: the perspective from working parents and carers

    The overwhelming majority of working parents and carers we surveyed do not want their employer to return to revert to business as usual after lockdown is lifted. It is time for the UK government and employers to #flextheUK – extending the flexible working opportunities afforded some parents and carers during lockdown to all parents and carers.

  • Weathering the Storm: the COVID-19 pandemic and working parents

    This year’s Legal Advice Service report explores the issues still facing the working parents getting in touch with us about COVID-19, and simple ways the government and UK employers could go further to support them to stay in work and help ensure they don’t lose out financially.

  • Getting into Work

    Working Families free 'Getting into Work' guide equips parents and carers of dependants with disabilities that have taken time out of paid work with the confidence and guidance needed to get back into the world of work.

  • 2020 Modern Families Index – Scotland Report

    The Modern Families Index is the most comprehensive study of how working parents manage the balance between work and family life in the UK. This publication reports the key findings in Scotland. The 2020 Index surveyed 507 working parents in Scotland. The Scottish survey comprised more fathers than mothers (66% vs 34% respectively). This is […]

  • 2020 Modern Families Index – Full Report

    The Modern Families Index is the most comprehensive study of how working parents manage the balance between work and family life in the UK. Now in its 8th year, it has been published annually by Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions since 2012. The Index provides a snapshot into the lives of working families […]

  • 2020 Modern Families Index – Summary Report

    This report summarises the key findings from the 2020 Modern Families Index – the most comprehensive survey of how working families manage the balance between work and family life in the UK. Now in its eighth year, it has been published annually by charity Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions since 2012. The report […]

  • Response on flexible working, parental leave and pay transparency

    Working Families has put forward a response to the Government’s recent (2019) consultations about transparency of flexible working and family related leave and pay policies. To support our response, Working Families carried out two surveys: one with our employer members, and one with our parent/carer supporters. In addition, in February 2019, Working Families held a […]

  • Working Families Benchmark 2019

    This summary report considers some of the main findings from the 2019 Benchmark, and gives an insight into the policies, practices, and cultures within some of the UK’s most family-friendly employers.

  • Modern Families Index 2019 – Employer Report

    Focussing on flexibility tells us a lot about how parents are doing at work. Are they progressing? Are they able to balance family life and work? Do they feel that the way their work is designed and organised allows them to do their best? From a work-life fit and flexible working point of view, we have considered the key takeaways for employers.