Scotland’s most family friendly employers

For many parents, combining work with family life can be a challenge, which is why Parenting Across Scotland is a partner in Family Friendly Working Scotland, which works with employers to make their working practices more family friendly. One of the ways in which it does this is to run awards which recognize organisations which are family friendly employers.

Winners of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2017 were announced by Family Friendly Working Scotland in front of a 150 strong audience of business leaders on 9 March 2017, at a sparkling afternoon tea at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Many of Scotland’s leading employers are embracing family friendly and flexible working and this was reflected in the high calibre of entries from large and small organisations across Scotland.

Keynote speakers at the event were Jackie Kay, Scots Makar, and Bob Keiller, chairman of Scottish Enterprise.

The awards celebrate progressive organisations that recognise that family friendly and flexible working brings benefits to employees, while also delivering high performance and successful businesses. Through family friendly working practices employers have found that they can achieve increased productivity and performance, reduced absenteeism, better morale and well-being, as well as improving staff retention and recruitment.

The Scottish Government is a core supporter of FFWS. Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, said: “I congratulate all the finalists of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards and I particularly commend the winners: it really is an accolade to be proud of. It is extremely positive to see so many of Scotland’s employers – both large and small – recognising the social and economic benefits of creating a family friendly workplace culture. 

“The Scottish Government is committed to working with employers to promote and support family friendly and flexible working.  Not only is it good for workers and families but it is also good for business and boosts productivity.”

Nikki Slowey, Family Friendly Working Scotland programme director, said: “The 2017 Awards have given great cause for celebration - we received triple the number of entries compared to last year, demonstrating the increased importance Scottish employers place on flexible and family friendly working. Family friendly working is good news for workers, families, business and our economy. And it is in our grasp to create the cultural change needed to reshape work in Scotland. These awards turn the spotlight on the very best of Scotland’s most family friendly employers.”

The 2017 Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards were sponsored by Centrica, Maclay Murray and Spens LLP and Scottish Power. 

Established in 2014 with Scottish Government funding and support, FFWS is steered by an expert group of advisors: Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and Scottish Government. 

2017 awards results

1- Best Large Private Sector Employer 2017

 Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Highly Commended: FanDuel


2- Best SME Employer 2017

Winner: Pursuit Marketing


3- Best Public Sector Employer 2017

Winner: West Dunbartonshire Council

Highly Commended: The University of the West of Scotland


4- Best Third Sector employer 2017

Joint Winner: Inspiring Scotland

Joint Winner: Routes to Work South


5- Best for Carers and Eldercare 2017

Winner: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Highly commended: NHS Lothian

Highly commended: Standard Life


6- Best for Innovation in Family Friendly and Flexible Working

Winner: Virgin Money


David Drysdale Memorial Award

The David Drysdale Memorial award was created by Fathers Network Scotland in memory of its late founder and CEO. It honours the company judged to have contributed most to creating a father-friendly workplace.

The inaugural award in 2017 went to the Independent Living Fund Scotland, a young and small organisation built from the ground up to support fathers with flexible conditions modelled by its leadership.

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