2 March 2017

What do American Express, the Bank of England, McDonalds, UBS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have in common?

They are among the 21 employers who have been named by Working Families as leading the way over the last decade in building a flexible and family-friendly workplace for all the employees in their workforce.

Others on the list include Addleshaw Goddard, Barclays, Centrica, Lloyds Banking Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Simmons and Simmons, and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

Working Families has named the "exemplar employer members" to mark 10 years since new rights were first introduced which have led to: extensions to maternity leave and pay; free childcare; an increase in unpaid parental leave; the Right to Request flexible working for all employees; and Shared Parental Leave.

However, a survey carried out by Working Families has revealed that one-third of employees think that combining their work and caring responsibilities has got no easier over the last decade while only a quarter think it has.

The Chief Executive at the leading work-life balance charity, Sarah Jackson, said: "The poll results show that there is still work to be done in helping UK employers to build workplaces which support all employees to balance their work and home life."