NatWest Group, Citigroup and Imperial College London are among the top 10 UK employers for working families in 2023, according to this year’s list.
The list, compiled by charity Working Families, also named Audit Wales, Crown Prosecution Service, Grant Thornton, North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), Pinsent Masons, Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament and Yorkshire Building Society.
Now in its fourteenth year, this year’s Top Employers for Working Families reviewed the experiences of more than 330,000 employees in the UK and identified a number of trends in family friendly and flexible working policies and practices.
Nearly nine in 10 (86%) participants already offer flexible working from day one, ahead of the introduction of enhanced rights which are expected in 2024.
A similar percentage (92%) of respondent employers determine the flexible working potential of all or some jobs before advertising a role, while nearly four in five (78%) provide information on flexible working options on their website.
The benchmark – which included employers of all sizes from across the public, private, and third sectors – further found that almost half (48%) include the ‘Happy to Talk Flexible Working’ logo and strapline in all their job advertisements.
Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said: “We are delighted with the standard of entries for this year’s Top Employers for Working Families list. These employers show they are leading the way in building family-friendly and flexible workplaces in the UK and are already ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing the changes needed to comply with the new flexible working legislation coming into practice next year. Almost nine out of 10 of our Benchmark entrants are already offering flexible working as a day-one right.”
The employer assessment used Working Families’ Benchmark to score organisations in four main areas, including: integration to organisational strategy and culture; policy; consistent practice and evidence and statistics.
According to Working Families, the Benchmark enables employers to establish whether they are ahead or behind the curve in their flexible and family friendly working provisions, as well as gaining personalised feedback and development steps from the charity.