Top Employers for Working Families unveiled

Tom Newcombe , 24 Sep 2013


The Top Employers for Working Families, the Top Family Friendly SMEs and the Special Award winners have been announced.

The awards in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, recognises employers who support parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development.

The winners were unveiled at a prestigious ceremony in central London today.

Entrants complete a unique benchmark survey, which examines flexible working policies and practices.

The Top Employers for working families list has not been ranked, but it shows organisations that have taken strides in bringing flexible practices into working parents' and carers' lives.

And the winners are…

Top 10 (A-Z)

American Express



EY (Ernst & Young)


Royal Bank of Scotland

Southdown Housing Association

The London School of Economics and Political Science


Wales & West Housing

Top 11 - 21 (A-Z)

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Bank of England

British Gas

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hogan Lovells

Ministry of Justice

National Assembly for Wales

Northern Trust

Simmons & Simmons

State Street

University of Portsmouth

Special Awards

Main benchmark entrants could opt to enter one or more of the Special Awards. The Award entries were judged anonymously by the judging panel. The winner and special commendations for the award catergories are:

The E-ON Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

British Gas - Winner

London School of Economics and Political Science - Commended

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust - Commended

The National Grid Best for all stages of Fatherhood Award

Citi - Winner

Ford - Commended

The Best for Innovation Award

Plantronics - Winner

The Best for Engagement Award

Plantronics - Winner

American Express - Commended

The My Family Care Best for all stages of Motherhood Award

Barclays - Joint Winner

London School of Economics and Political Science - Joint Winner

The RBS Best for Flexible Working Award

Simmons & Simmons - Winner

Plantronics - Commended

The Parental Choice Best for Childcare Award

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Joint Winner

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust - Joint Winner

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said: "We congratulate the outstanding organisations who have gained a much coveted place on the final list of Top Employers for Working Families or who have won a Special Award.

"The entrants, whether from very small enterprises or large private or public sector organisations, have all demonstrated an understanding of the links between flexibility, engagement, wellbeing and performance. These employers are able to show the positive effect of flexible working and family friendly policies on the financial bottom line."

Find out more about the Top Employers for Working Families list

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