announces shortlist for Top Employer Awards 2010 has announced the organisations which have been shortlisted for its inaugural annual Top Employer Awards celebrating the leading companies in diversity and work life balance.

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The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday 5 October where the keynote speaker is Lynne Featherstone, parliamentary under secretary and Minister for Equalities. These are divided into four categories:.

Commitment and Development– for organisations which show ongoing commitment to developing policies which encourage work life balance. This category is sponsored by Deloitte.

Shortlisted organisations:

  1. Buckles Solicitors
  2. Castlebeck Care Ltd
  3. Just Teachers Ltd
  4. Royal Mail
  5. Accenture


For organisations with policies related to flexible working, childcare, parent engagement and support, return to work following maternity leave, maternity and diversity [particularly relating to women] which are truly innovative and break new ground, whether in a particular industry or in general

Shortlisted organisations:

  1. KPMG
  2. Just Teachers Ltd
  3. Deutsche Bank
  4. Manpower
  5. RBS
  6. Deloitte

Employee Engagement

For organisations which demonstrate commitment to and strategy for enabling employees at all levels to feedback views on policies such as flexible working and a willingness to take this feedback on board.

Shortlisted organisations:

  1. Buckles Solicitors
  2. Manpower
  3. RBS
  4. John Lewis
  5. Royal Mail


For organisations with fewer than 250 employees which demonstrate a real commitment to work life balance practices, including flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development for women and show how these are of benefit to the organisation. This category is sponsored by RBS.

Shortlisted companies:

  1. Buckles Solicitors
  2. HR180
  3. 3C Associates
  4. Omnium IT Recruitment
  5. Hireserve Ltd.

A further “Overall Top Employer award” will be presented at the ceremony.

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, founder of, Andy Lake, editor of, Jennifer Liston-Smith, head of coaching development at My Family Care, and Pip Dorkings, information manager at the Daycare Trust.

They will be presented at a Breakfast ceremony on 5 October at The Soho Hotel, London, which will be followed by a Q & A with Lynne Featherstone and the Top Employer Award judges.

Gillian Nissim, Founder of says: “The aim of the awards is to highlight good practice around flexible working and inspire others to see it as both an employee and employer benefit.

Flexible working offers employees better work life balance, but it also holds many advantages for employers, including the ability to recruit and retain top talent, lower absence rates and a more motivated workforce. We are really excited to be hosting these awards to recognise the leading companies in diversity and work life balance.” attracts thousands of candidates and jobseekers each month who are highly-skilled and qualified women working in a wide range of roles. Results from its annual survey of over 1,600 jobseekers show that 79% of these experienced and professional women value flexibility in the way they work, including flexible hours, home working or part-time work.

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