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Grant Thornton named top employer for working families

The national charity for working parents and carers, Working Families, has announced that Grant Thornton UK LLP has, for the third consecutive year, been awarded a place on its prestigious and competitive list of the top family-friendly and flexible employers in the UK. Now in its fourteenth year, employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors compete annually to gain a coveted place on the charity’s list of Top Employers for Working Families. 


This year’s Top Ten Employers for Working Families – in alphabetical order – are: 

  • Audit Wales
  • Citigroup
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Imperial College London
  • NatWest Group
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Welsh Parliament
  • Yorkshire Building Society

Employers were assessed using Working Families’ Benchmark and were scored on four key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family-friendly policies and practices that specifically support parents and carers.


Recent initiatives which support working families and contribute to the firm’s continued inclusion in the top 10 list this year include:

  • Building on the firm’s comprehensive and inclusive family leave policies with an enhanced paternity offering, enabling individuals to take six weeks paternity leave at full pay or 12 weeks paternity leave at half pay.
  • Continuing success of the firm’s approach flexible and hybrid working which underpinned by a range of flexible working options including reduced hours and job shares.
  • Publicly sharing its 'How we work' policy and regularly highlighting through examples how flexible working is promoting wellbeing and productivity.
  • Driving inclusive cultural change and removing barriers in its recruitment process by removing bias in adverts, promoting flexibility, providing interview support and practice questions on its careers site and ensuring interview panels are diverse.


Fiona Baldwin, Partner and board sponsor for gender at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:  

"We are delighted to be named as a leading employer for working families, recognising our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace for all our people. People thrive when they can balance their lives with work, so we've developed flexible policies to support this balance. Our culture, fostered by these policies, makes us immensely proud, and we'll keep enhancing support for a sustainable and balanced career."

The Benchmark—which captured the experience of over 330,000UK employees across the organisations that took part— highlights trends in flexible and family-friendly policies and practices.


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 ten of our Benchmark entrants are already offering flexible working as a day one right.”


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