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Working Families Benchmark Awards: British Gas and Citi come out on top


Employees aren’t just a number on a payroll, they’re individuals who are often parents, carers or have family responsibilities they have to juggle along with work. Thankfully many employers are recognising this and have adapted their benefits and policies to work in partnership with their staff.

The Working Families Benchmark Awards were founded by the Working Families charity in partnership with The Institute for Employment Studies and is sponsored by the Computershare Vouchers Services. The awards were created and awarded to employers as recognition of their support of parents and carers, carer development, creating a work – life balance and flexible working ; something that certainly should be celebrated!

And the awards this year go to…

• Best for carers and eldercare – British Gas

• Best for all stages of fatherhood – Citi

• Best for all stages of motherhood – Barclays and London School of Economics and Political Science

• Best for flexible working – Simmons and Simmons

• Best for Childcare – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

• Best for innovation – Plantronics

• Best for engagement – Plantronics

• Best for career progression for flexible workers – Wales and West Housing

The top 40 employers for working families were also recognised, with the following employers securing a place in the top 10:

• American Express

• Barclays

• Deloitte

• Ernst and Young


• Royal Bank of Scotland

• Southdown Housing Association

• The London School of Economics and Political Science


• Wales and West Housing

Along with the major awards for large scale employers, 2013 also saw new awards for small and medium sized enterprises, with the top family friendly award going to internal communications agency, AB.

Great recognition for employers and great news for working parents! It seems that an encouraging amount of both large public sector and smaller private organisations are recognising the importance of flexible working and the positive effect this change in attitude towards wellbeing, engagement and performance, can have for everyone involved.





About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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