Top employers rise to SPL challenge

 Shared parental leave has stimulated employers to move forward their provision for parents, according to charity Working Families.

On the announcement of its annual Top Employers for Working Families awards in National Work Life Week, chief executive Sarah Jackson said there has been “an organisational refocus on building a flexible culture appropriate for all employees”. Examples include investment in job share and repositioning and communicating existing flexible working opportunities.

The charity’s accompanying benchmark report said 58% of employers in the benchmark are matching shared parental leave (SPL) to existing maternity provisions, while 29% are providing the statutory minimum and 13% are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach. None of the employers in the benchmark are cutting back maternity enhancements to pay for SPL, something that had been a concern before the introduction of the policy.

Jackson said the top 30 organisations and top 10 small employers “have shown leadership and innovation in their policies and practices, and will reap the rewards of attracting the best talent and having a loyal and engaged workforce”.

The Top employers are:

Top 10 Employers for Working Families (A-Z)

American Express

Barclays Bank PLC



Deloitte LLP



Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Justice

Southdown Housing Association

Top 11-30 (A-Z)

Addleshaw Goddard LLP


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Hogan Lovells



National Assembly for Wales

Oliver Wyman

Pinsent Masons LLP

Royal Mail Group

Santander UK

Simmons & Simmons

Sysdoc Limited

The London School of Economics and Political Science

The Scottish Government

The University of Lincoln


Wales & West Housing

Westfield Europe Limited

Top 10 Small Employers for Working Families – up to 250 employees (A-Z)

Brand Learning Group Ltd

Bristol Students’ Union

CiC Employee Assistance)

Edison Investment Research Ltd

Effective HRM Limited


Parental Choice Ltd

Sacker & Partners LLP

Solve HR Ltd


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