Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled


The Top 30 Employers for Working Families 2017 have been announced, which coincides with National Work-Life week.

Organised by Working Families, employers answer in-depth questions and are scored on four key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family friendly working environment. These are:

  • integration which looks at culture, attitude and how far flexibility has become embedded;
  • policy which looks at the creation, development and deployment of flexibility;
  • consistent practice which considers how well flexibility is supported and
  • measurement and results which looks at the effects of flexibility on the organisation, and their ability to understand those effects

In 2017, Top 30 employers include organisations from England, Scotland and Wales and from large and small, public and private sector organisations.

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said “Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible, agile workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families. The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.

“All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers. Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey.

“But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business. Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching for the tired 9-5 model.”

Top 10 Employers for Working Families
(please note these are in alphabetical order and are not ranked)

  • American Express
  • Barclays Bank
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing

Top 11-30 Employers for Working Families
(please note these are in alphabetical order and are not ranked)

  • Allen & Overy
  • Bank of England
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Citi
  • DWF
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Imperial College London
  • Independent Living Fund Scotland
  • LSE
  • Mayer Brown
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Public Health England
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • UBS AG
  • University of Suffolk
  • Westfield Europe
  • Yorkshire Building Society

National Work-Life Week takes place from 2nd – 6th October 2017.  The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

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Claire Knights Date: Oct 3, 2017

So pleased to see Southdown Housing in the top 10! I worked on their recruitment advertising for many years (agency side) and they really are a fantastic organisation!

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Britain’s most family friendly workplaces unveiled