Submit your entry to the Top Employer Awards, the UK’s number one jobsite for professional working mums and flexible jobseekers, is holding its second annual Top Employer Awards which celebrate the leading companies for work life balance.

The Awards recognise employers who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to assist working parents combine successful careers with being a parent. They will be presented at a ceremony in October and this year there are four new categories – Talent Attraction, Childcare, Shared Parenting and Working Mums Champion – reflecting developments in work life balance policy.

The awards will take place on 5th October 2011 in Central London. Entries must be received by 15th July 2011.

Award Categories

Innovation in Flexible Working Award
For companies with specific policies and practices related to flexible working which are truly innovative and break new ground, whether that be in a particular industry or in general. Find out if your organisation qualifies, click here.

Employee Engagement Award
For companies which can demonstrate a commitment to and strategy for enabling employees at all levels to feed back their views on policies relevant to working parents, such as flexible working, and a willingness to take this feedback on board. Find out if your organisation qualifies,click here.

Shared Parenting Award
For companies with specific policies for encouraging shared parenting, such as innovative approaches on shared parental leave and paternity leave which go beyond what current and proposed legislation stipulates, support networks for all parents rather than only mothers and other activities which support all parents. Find out if your organisation qualifies, click here.

Talent Attraction Award
For organisations which can demonstrate that their recruitment process openly promotes flexible working. Find out if your organisation qualifies, click here.

Childcare Award
For organisations with innovative policies and partnerships with childcare providers/employers which make it easier for employees to access childcare. Find out if your organisation qualifies, click here.

SME Award [split into sections for companies with under 25 and under 250 employees]
For SMEs which can demonstrate a real commitment to work life balance practices which specifically help working parents, such as flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development for women and show how these are of benefit to the organisation. Find out if your business qualifies, click here.

Top Employer Award
Selected from those shortlisted for the other awards and representing the organisation deemed to have outstanding policies on work life balance, diversity and flexible working. Find out more, click here.

Working Mums Champion Award
For stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace. Potential recipients of this Award would include senior or middle managers who have, for instance, set up a parent support forum or put forward innovative proposals for areas such as maternity leave and return to work. Find out more, click here.

If you require more information on the Top Employer Awards please contact Sally Bradley at or call 020 8432 6094.

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