Top UK employers for working families awarded


Working Families, in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, has awarded a number of British companies that do the most to support the work-life balance needs of all their employees.

To enter, all organisations completed a robust benchmark survey which examined their work-life balance policies and practices. The results clearly demonstrate that employers are showing a growing acceptance that flexible working and work-life integration are vital to an organisation’s effectiveness and business success.

Top 10 UK Employers

(in alphabetical order)

  • Accenture
  • American Express Services Europe Ltd
  • Ashurst LLP
  • Barclays Bank PLC
  • BT PLC
  • Centrica PLC
  • KPMG
  • McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
  • Southdown Housing Association
  • West Mercia Police

Top 11-30 UK Employers

(in alphabetical order)

  • Allianz Insurance UK
  • Amnesty International UK
  • Bristows
  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chwarae Teg
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Dell Corporation Ltd
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • Everything Everywhere Limited
  • Henmans LLP
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Grid
  • Registers of Scotland
  • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
  • The Children’s Trust
  • The London School of Economics & Political Science
  • UBS
  • Wales & West Housing Association

Special Awards

Additionally, some companies received special awards. The special Award entries were judged anonymously by the judging panel. The winners and commendations for the 6 categories are:

The Deutsche Bank Best for Innovation and Engagement Award
Winner: American Express Services Europe Ltd
Commendation: Ashurst LLP

The National Grid Best for Flexible Working Award
Winner: Centrica PLC

The Best for Mothers Award

Winner: Deutsche Bank
Commendation: West Mercia Police



The Best for Fathers Award
Winner: Centrica PLC
Commendation: Registers of Scotland

The Legal & General Best for Carers Award
Winner: Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Best for Career Progression Award
Winner: Henmans LLP

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families commented, “The quality of entries for this year’s Top Employers for Working Families has been exceptional. We congratulate the Top 30 employers and the special award winners on their inspiring work-life policies and practices. These agile, forward-thinking organisations recognise the value of offering flexible workplaces and in doing so benefit from advantages in staff recruitment, engagement, motivation and performance.”

Mary Mercer, Principal Consultant at the Institute for Employment Studies said, “This year’s entries show that flexible working policies remain high on the agenda during economically challenging times as they offer advantages to both employers and their staff. Workers are better able to balance work with life outside of employment and employers find that as well as being the right thing to do by staff, a flexible approach also allows them to control costs and maximise productivity.”

Julian Foster, Managing Director of Computershare Voucher Services (CVS) added, “We are delighted to sponsor these awards that recognise those companies who endeavour to provide a family-friendly work environment for their employees. Families are at the heart of what we do at CVS and our congratulations go to the winners and shortlisted companies who place an emphasis on positive work-life balance and share our enthusiasm for supporting working families.”

Find out more about the awards at the 2011 Special Awards Finalists web site.