Barclays and Centrica are top employers for working families

Barclays, Centrica and Islington Council are among the winners of the 2014 Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards.


The awards, which were founded by Working Families in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies and are sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services, recognise employers that support parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development. 

Its categories focus on workplace initiatives for mothers, fathers, engagement, innovation, carers, eldercare, and flexible working.  

The winners included:

Best for all stages of fatherhood award

Winner: London School of Economics and Political Science.

Commended: Citi

Best for all stages of motherhood award

Winner: Barclays

Commended: PageGroup

Best for engagement award

Winner: American Express

Best for carers and eldercare award

Winner: Islington Council

Best for flexible working award

Winner: Centrica

Commended: BT Group and Lloyds Banking Group

Best for innovation award

Winner: Scottish Government

Commended: Informa Business Information and London School of Economics and Political Science

Top small family-friendly employer award, sponsored by Childcarescheme

Joint winners: Brand Learning and CIC Employee Assistance

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said: “Working Families is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards. 

“The judging panel was greatly impressed by the inspiring policies and practices that are in place to support working parents, carers and flexible workers.

“As we approach a new era with the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, it’s good to see that many employers are already reaping the benefits of offering family friendly and flexible workplaces.”

Julian Foster, managing director of Computershare Voucher Services, added: “It is vitally important that employers continue to support working families, both via tried-and-tested engagement programmes and through innovation.

“Moving with the times and recognising the changing needs of a family over the years are essential.”