The Top Employers for Working Families, the Top Family Friendly SMEs and the Special Award winners are announced
Top Employers for Working Families
The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards, founded by Working Families in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, recognise employers who support parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development. Entrants complete a unique benchmark survey which examines flexible working policies and practices and can opt to enter one or more of the Special Awards. This year saw the introduction of a new SME-specific benchmark giving small and medium sized enterprises the opportunity to measure and evaluate their current policies and to discover the business benefits of adopting family friendly working.
The results of the Benchmark and Special Awards
Sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services
The Top Employers for Working Families
The final list is compiled from the highest scoring entrants in the benchmark survey.
Ernst & Young
Royal Bank of Scotland
Southdown Housing Association
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Wales & West Housing
Top 11 – 21
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Bank of England
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Ministry of Justice
National Assembly for Wales
Simmons & Simmons
University of Portsmouth
The Top Family Friendly SMEs
SME benchmark sponsored by Childcarescheme.com
Brand Learning Group Ltd
My Family Care
Solve HR Ltd
The Top Family Friendly Small Business
The top scoring SME benchmark entrant is named as AB, an award winning internal communications agency.
The 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 winners and special commendations for the award categories 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
The Best for Career Progression for Flexible Workers
Wales & West Housing - Winner
Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families comments:
“Working Families is delighted to announce the results of the 5th annual Top Employers for Working Families benchmark and awards. 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.”
Computershare Voucher Services Managing Director Julian Foster said:
"It’s clear many families are struggling to balance household budgets and make work pay, which is why enlightened employers with strong family-friendly policies continue to stand out. We're delighted to continue to support these awards and our heartfelt congratulations to the deserving winners."
Daniel Gillborn, Director of Childcarescheme, sponsor of the SME Benchmark said:
“Childcarescheme is proud to have partnered with Working Families to engage with SME businesses via a new and innovative benchmarking process. Highlighting the importance of the provision of flexible working policies is hugely important to SME employers. The top 10 SMEs in this category have proved how successful smaller businesses can be at achieving the appropriate balance between work and family life. I'd like to extend a huge congratulations to these organisations, and I hope the feedback gained from the survey will further enhance this underrepresented sector."
Notes to editors
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Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards 2013
The final winners of the Special Awards and the A-Z list of Top Employers for Working Families sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services and the Top Family Friendly SME List sponsored by Childcarescheme.com will be announced on 24th September at the launch event for National Work-Life Week. The A-Z lists of Top Employers are compiled by taking the entrants with the best benchmark score.
The Top Employers for Working Families list and the Top Family Friendly Small Businesses list were compiled according to the benchmark survey scores.
The final winners of each Special Award category were judged anonymously by the following panel: Sarah Jackson, CEO, Working Families; Professor Cary L. Cooper, Pro Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University and Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health; Mary Mercer, Principal Consultant, IES; Valerie Stevenson Chartered FCIPD and former senior HR Director; Jonathan Swan, Head of Research, Working Families. The judging process is anonymous – the judges are not given the entrants’ names when judging the Special Award entries.
About Working Families
Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life organisation. The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.
The Working Families Freephone helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits. Call 0300 012 012 or e-mail email@example.com www.workingfamilies.org.uk
The helpline is supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
Sponsors and Partners
Lead sponsor Computershare Voucher Services Limited
SME Benchmark sponsor Childcarescheme.com
Special Award Category Sponsors
E.ON – sponsors of The E.ON Best for Carers and Eldercare Award
My Family Care – sponsors of The My Family Care Best for all stages of Motherhood Award
National Grid – sponsors of The National Grid Best for all stages of Fatherhood Award
RBS – sponsors of the RBS Best for Flexible Working Award
Parental Choice – sponsors of the Parental Choice Best for Childcare Award
Other Supporting Partners
The Institute for Employment Studies
The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) is the UK’s leading independent, not-for-profit centre for research and evidence-based consultancy on employment, the labour market, and HR policy and practice. For more information on IES visit
Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards 2013 is supported by media partner HR Magazine. The benchmark is provided by Tpoll and Plus Four Market Research.
Full details of all sponsors and partners are available on: www.topemployersforworkingfamilies.org.uk