Progressive employers shortlisted for Top Employer Awards

Working Mums Gillian Nissim

Twenty two of the most progressive employers have been shortlisted for this year’s Top Employer Awards. The employers have been shortlisted across eight categories ranging from SMEs to Family Support and Best for Dads. The Awards, sponsored by last year’s Overall Top Employer winner Unilever, will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Soho Hotel on 5th November which will involve networking sessions, a keynote address by minister for women Jo Swinson MP  and a Q & A with a panel of expers.

The ceremony is the fourth annual Top Employer Awards which celebrate companies who are leading the field in developing innovative ways of working suited to 21st century demands.

The Awards recognise employers of all kinds who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to retain talented staff, particularly working parents who want to combine successful careers with being a parent.

The shortlisted companies are:

Category: SME Award (split into sections for companies with up to 25 employees, and up to 250 employees).

For small companies who 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.

SME 1-25

Shortlisted: A City Law Firm LLP, Martin Carty Gardening, HR Solutions 4U, UKNetMonitor, Mahon Digital Marketing Ltd

SME 26-250

Shortlisted: Brand Learning, Crowne Plaza Marlow, Six Financial Information.

Innovation in Flexible Working, sponsored by McDonald’s

To be eligible employers needed to demonstrate 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.

Shortlisted: Addison Lee, Atkins, John Lewis Partnership, Martin Carty Gardening, Netmums, SkyScanner Ltd

Best for Dads

For organisations showing specific policies targeting dads, such as inclusive parenting networks, publications and outreach targeted around dads’ rights, shared parenting initiatives and innovative policies on parental and paternity leave.

Shortlisted: The London School of Economic and Political Science, Addison Lee, British School Of Osteopathy

Family Support

For organisations who demonstrated policies and practices which aim to make it easier to balance work and family life.

Shortlisted: Addison Lee, British School of Osteopathy, CA Technologies, Danone, John Lewis Partnership, The London School of Economic and Political Science

Talent Attraction, sponsored by CA Technologies

For organisations who demonstrate that their recruitment process openly promotes flexible working.

Shortlisted: Addison Lee, Atkins, Barclays, Brand Learning, HR Solutions 4U, SkyScanner Ltd

Career progression

To be eligible employers should demonstrate initiatives aimed at developing women’s leadership potential, including women’s networks, mentoring initiatives and return to work programmes.

Shortlisted: Barclays, Royal Mail Group, William Hill

Working mums Champion, sponsored by Anna Rasmussen

This Award is for stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace.

Shortlisted: Clare Bishop, Addison Lee; Maggie van’t Hoff, Shell International Petroleum Company; Margot Slattery, Sodexo; Sarah Greasley, IBM

An Overall Top Employer Award will be selected from all those who have been shortlisted based on all of the categories combined.

Gillian Nissim, Founder of, says: “The standard of entries is very high this year with and our aim through these Awards is to spread the word about the innovative practices these businesses employ so that others can be inspired by them. These employers fully understand the business need to recruit and retain talented female staff and go out of their way to back that up with action.”

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