Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced its annual list of the top family-friendly employers in the UK. Employers 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.
DWF has ranked among the Top Ten Employers for Working Families. The benchmarking assesses companies on core areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family-friendly policies and practices that specifically support mothers, fathers and carers.
DWF has also been ranked 16th in The Social Mobility Employer Index. The Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and ranks Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds. DWF was recognised for the commendable work it has taken to tackle this and enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed.
Measures taken by DWF to improve social mobility include the award-winning 5 STAR Futures programme, offering higher-level apprenticeships and university mentoring schemes as well as its work to improve data collection and its employee referral programme.
Andrew Leaitherland, Group CEO at DWF added: "I am very proud that DWF has ranked highly for our support of working families and our efforts to improve social mobility. We are a business that is committed to doing things differently which means we value diversity and need to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. We also have a responsibility to contribute to our community by doing what we can to advance social mobility and to provide a flexible environment for working families."
Ty Jones, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement at DWF said: "As a Social Mobility Pledge-accredited employer, we will continue to work with local schools, offer apprenticeships and adopt open recruitment policies such as contextual recruitment. Social mobility matters to DWF as we're a people-led business, and we want the best people to work for us, wherever they come from.
"We also have a longstanding commitment to flexible working and ensuring our colleagues are able to combine their career and family responsibilities. We're pleased to be recognised as a leading business for working families and look forward to further developing our policies and practices that empower our colleagues to find a working pattern flexible to their needs."