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Deloitte nominated in two categories at 2016 Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards

13 April 2016

Deloitte has been nominated in two categories at the annual Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards. The awards, which recognise Britain’s most family-friendly workplaces, have a total of seven categories showcasing employers’ work-life policies and practices, including agile working initiatives.

Deloitte has been nominated in the ‘Best for All Stages of Motherhood’ and ‘Innovation’ categories. The latter nomination is in recognition of the firm’s ‘return-to-work’ programme, which aims to help senior business women return to the workplace.

Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte, said: “We are working hard to ensure Deloitte has a culture and environment which supports working families. We have provided a working environment where our people can balance a successful career with their daily lives.”

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said: “The Top Employers for Working Families special awards shortlist showcases the UK’s most flexible and agile workplaces. With the strides we’ve seen in family-friendly legislation, and rising expectations amongst younger families about sharing work and care, these forward-thinking employers are rightly getting ahead of the game. The finalists recognise the importance of going with the grain of their employees’ lives and they will be rewarded with loyalty and engagement. They have gone the extra mile with the support they offer their employees and their place in the finals is well-deserved.”


Notes to editors

‘Return-To-Work’ programme
Deloitte’s ‘Return-To-Work’ programme launched as a pilot in September 2015. The firm was the first professional services firm in the UK to launch this type of programme. While open to all those returning to work after an extended period out of work, the programme is aimed at helping senior business women return to work. The first cohort completed the 12-week pilot programme in December 2015, with over half going on to take a permanent or contract role with the firm. Following the success of the pilot programme, we will be extending the scheme (both in duration and number of participants) in 2016.

We have worked hard to ensure that we provide a working environment where our people can balance a successful career with their daily lives, whether that be for family commitments or other outside interests. As part of this we introduced Time Out, which enables our people to take a month’s unpaid leave at a time that suits both them and the business – no reason is required, and our people are encouraged to share the benefits of the experience when they return. At Deloitte, we know that our people expect to work for an employer that can truly enable them to balance their career and life outside work and we have worked hard to provide this.

Working Parents Transitions Programme
On notification of pending maternity, the mother (or primary carer) and their line manager join our Working Parents Transitions Programme (WPTP), with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition to and from maternity leave. Delivered by external coaches, pre-maternity/parental leave sessions build peer support networks, share experiences and explain the support the firm offers. Line managers attend separate sessions to understand challenges that can be encountered by those returning from maternity/parental leave and best practice support that can be provided pre, during and post-leave. Through informal working arrangements (WorkAgility) or formal paid leave, our policies ensure all parents are able to balance their time to manage work and any antenatal or adoption appointments.

Full list of awards and finalists

American Express Best Flexible Working Initiative Award

  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Cisco
  • Royal Air Force

Centrica Best for Modern Families Award

  • J.P. Morgan
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Santander

Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

  • Barclays
  • Scottish Power

Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

  • Ministry of Justice
  • West Dunbartonshire Council

Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

  • EY

Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award

  • Civil Service
  • Deloitte LLP
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Sackers & Partners LLP

The Innovation Award

  • Citi
  • Civil Service
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Royal Air Force
  • West Midlands Police

The results will be announced on the afternoon of 13th June at London’s Vintners’ Hall.

For more information contact Liz Whitehead, Working Families’ Press Office on 020 7253 7243 or 0777 0657760 or email

The results will be announced on the afternoon of 13th June at London’s Vintners’ Hall.

About Working Families
Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life organisation. The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone. Twitter @workingfamuk
The Working Families helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits. Call 0300 012 0312 or email

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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Laura Parsons
Deloitte LLP
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