List of the UK’s most family friendly workplaces announced

A list of the organisations across the UK who are ‘leading the way in building flexible, family friendly workplaces’ has been published by the charity Working Families. The list is devised by asking employers to answer questions which are scored in four key areas, to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family friendly working environment. These are: integration which looks at culture, attitude and how far flexibility has become embedded; policy which looks at the creation, development and deployment of flexibility; consistent practice which considers how well flexibility is supported and measurement and results which looks at the effects of flexibility on the organisation, and their ability to understand those effects.

This year’s Top Ten employers in alphabetical order are:

  • American Express
  • Barclays Bank
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing

In 2017, Top 30 employers include organisations from England, Scotland and Wales and from large and small, public and private sector organisations.

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said: “Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible, agile workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families. The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.

“All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers. Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey. But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business. Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching for the tired 9-5 model.’


Top 11-30 Employers for Working Families

Allen & Overy

Bank of England

Berwin Leighton Paisner



Hogan Lovells

Imperial College London

Independent Living Fund Scotland


Mayer Brown

Ministry of Justice

National Assembly for Wales

Oliver Wyman

Public Health England

Royal Bank of Canada

Simmons & Simmons


University of Suffolk

Westfield Europe

Yorkshire Building Society