Why Barclays is a winner with Working Mums

UBS Top Employer

Sharon Launchbury Barclays Job Sharer

Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of its sixth annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working. And we’re proud to be one of the companies recognised.

Barclays was named ‘The Top Employer for Talent Attraction’, and the judges praised our genuine commitment to equality and diversity, highlighting how we are measuring bias and promoting job shares.

At Barclays, our aim is to be there for our customers, wherever they are and however they want to connect with us – through video, mobile, telephone or face-to-face in our branches. We’re building a people-to-people business enabled by digital technology. To support this, we are creating an ‘agile’ workforce,who have the ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of our customers, whilst benefiting from working hours that fit around their lifestyle.

Our dynamic approach to working is a big part of that culture, helping our colleagues to plan their days around their unique lives and ambitions. That could mean reduced working hours, job shares, working from home, or simply more flexible patterns for starting and finishing the working day.

There are plenty of roles in a diverse range of areas. If you’re interested in a more flexible career, why not see what our colleagues have to say?

Sharon Launchbury, Assistant Manager

Sharon Launchbury - Barclays“I don’t know anybody who gets to share their job with their childhood friend, so I suppose I’m quite lucky. I‘ve known Michelle since we were at school together and it’s strange to think that we’ve been working at Barclays for almost 30 years. We’ve been sharing an Assistant Manager (formerly Counter Manager) role at the Bicester Barclays branch for the last seven of those years, and it’s worked out so well for us.

Our children are still quite young so it’s convenient for us to be in a job sharing arrangement. Throughout our time together we’ve always managed to do things with our respective families, like be there for our children’s sports days and parties.

We are lucky that Barclays provide the job share opportunity but I do think that it’s down to us in the branch to make it work.”

Karen Kuciers, Community Leader for the Lincolnshire & South Yorkshire Community

“My advice to anyone looking to succeed in a finance career would be to explore different roles and just really go for it – and Barclays is a great place to do that. In my time here, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to move around and pick up some new skills, which have put me in good stead when new roles have opened up. So take risks, stretch yourself – and if you’ve not been in a customer facing role yet, go for one – it’ll give you a really great understanding of how the little things can make a big difference.”

Anne Marie Howard - BarclaysAnn-Marie Howard, Community Banking Administrator

“Being a mother and working full-time is no easy feat, especially since my husband is a Fire Officer, so his shifts are always changing. I wouldn’t be able to balance my career the way I have without support from my Area Director, who’s been really flexible in helping me to work-full time in a way that suits me and my family. Having a work laptop and smartphone has really helped. Now I can log in in-between other things – whether that’s getting my daughter ready for school or picking her up!”


For more information, visit Barclays or view our Top Employer Profile.

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