UK’s most family-friendly workplaces unveiled 

The Top Employers for Working Families have been announced by the work/life balance charity Working Families 

Employers large and small from across the public, private and third sector compete annually to gain a place on the list of Top Employers for Working Families, for which HR magazine is media partner.

Employers took part in Working Families’ benchmark, answering in-depth questions. They were scored on four key areas to build a picture of their flexible and family-friendly working policies and practices which specifically support mothers, fathers and carers.

Jane van Zyl, new chief executive of Working Families, said that the awards are a sign that flexible working is becoming embedded. “Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible and family-friendly workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2018’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families," she said.

“For these best practice employers, their flexible and family-friendly working policies supporting mothers, fathers and carers are well developed, and flexible working is becoming embedded.

In order to fully support working parents, organisations must create a family-friendly culture in a holistic way, she said. "As our research shows, flexible working on its own is not enough to deliver work/life balance for parents. What’s key to unlocking parents’ potential is a family-friendly workplace culture. Importantly, today’s winners know this – and are striving to ensure their underlying workplace culture supports the flexible and family-friendly policies they have in place.”

This year’s Top 30 Employers for Working Families 2018 – in alphabetical order – are:

Top 10 employers

American Express

Barclays Bank

Crown Prosecution Service


Independent Living Fund Scotland

Intellectual Property Office

Lloyds Banking Group

Pinsent Masons

Royal Bank of Scotland

Southdown Housing

Top 11-30 employers

Allen & Overy


Department for International Development



Gowling WLG

Hogan Lovells

Imperial College

Mayer Brown

Ministry of Justice

National Assembly for Wales

Norton Rose Fulbright

Oliver Wyman

Public Health England

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal College of Nursing

Simmons & Simmons



Yorkshire Building Society