The Top Employers for Working Families are unveiled

Published: 21 Sep 2015

Top Employers 2015

Top Employers for Working Families – the annual list is out

The annual list of the UK’s most flexible and family friendly employers is published at the start of National Work Life Week

To kick off National Work Life Week, charity Working Families will announce the much-anticipated annual list of Top Employers for Working Families, sponsored by Computershare.

To enter, organisations must complete a benchmark survey which examines in detail their flexible and family friendly working policies and practices. Now in its sixth year, the 2015 benchmark was the first in the series to take a look at the way organisations are setting up their Shared Parental Leave schemes. Top-scoring benchmark entrants gain a place in the final published list of thirty Top Employers for Working Families. And the highest-scoring entrants who have won through to the final official list are:

The Top 10 Employers for Working Families (A-Z)

American Express

Barclays Bank PLC



Deloitte LLP



Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Justice

Southdown Housing Association

Top 11-30 (A-Z)

Addleshaw Goddard LLP


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Hogan Lovells



National Assembly for Wales

Oliver Wyman

Pinsent Masons LLP

Royal Mail Group

Santander UK

Simmons & Simmons

Sysdoc Limited

The London School of Economics and Political Science

The Scottish Government

The University of Lincoln


Wales & West Housing

Westfield Europe Limited

Employers with up to 250 employees could opt to enter a tailored Small Employer Benchmark.  The benchmark for small and medium employers is now in its third year and demonstrates that good practice and innovation are flourishing in this sector. Organisations who have made the final list in 2015 are:

The Top 10 Small Employers for Working Families (A-Z)

Brand Learning Group Ltd

Bristol Students’ Union

CiC Employee Assistance)

Edison Investment Research Ltd

Effective HRM Limited


Parental Choice Ltd

Sacker & Partners LLP

Solve HR Ltd


Top-scoring Small Employer Benchmark entrant Sacker & Partners will be named as the overall Top Small Employer for Working Families.

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said:

‘Working Families congratulates the top 30 organisations and top 10 small employers who have gained a well-deserved place as a Top Employer for Working Families.  In a working environment where the Right to Request flexible working and Shared Parental Leave are now a reality, these employers have shown leadership and innovation in their policies and practices, and will reap the rewards of attracting the best talent and having a loyal and engaged workforce.  As flexible working becomes embedded in more organisations, Working Families is calling on employers to adopt a ‘flexible by default’ approach, to continue the rise in flexible working and help everyone to achieve a work life balance that works for them.’

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare said:

‘The best employees have rounded existences, and the best employers do not force their staff to compromise their commitment to their families, so congratulations to all the winners of these important awards.

Flexible working creates happier and healthier workforces that are hardworking, committed and loyal, and it’s great to have had another chance this year to share ideas and reward those organisations that empower their employees.’


Notes to editors

The winners will be announced at a conference being hosted by Deloitte in London on Monday 21st September. Details of the winners are under strict embargo until 4.30pm on 21st September.

For more information contact:

Liz Whitehead, Working Families Press Office on 020 7253 7243 or Deborah Granville 07887 573464 email or

The Benchmark report can be read here (under embargo until 4.30 on 21st September.)

Top Employers for Working Families

The Top Employers benchmark is now in its sixth year (the fifth in its current format) and offers participants detailed insights into their flexible working and work life integration policies and practices. The benchmark affords participants the opportunity to see how they measure up against other organisations.  The Small Employer Benchmark is in its third year attracting high-quality entrants and demonstrating that good practice and innovation are flourishing in this sector.

On 16th June 2015, winners of the Top Employers for Working Families Special Award winners were announced.  Case studies on the winners and finalists of the Awards are available here.

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.  Twitter @workingfamuk

The Working Families’ helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits.   Call 0300 012 0312 or email

Lead Sponsor – Computershare

In association with – Institute for Employment Studies

Media Partner – HR magazine

Media Partner – Guardian Women in Leadership