Bank of America Merrill Lynch recognised for career progression

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Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of its sixth annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working. 

The Awards, sponsored by You At Work, were presented at a ceremony at London’s Soho Hotel on 3rd November where the keynote speakers were John Edmonds, former president of the TUC, and gender expert Eva Tutchell, author of the book Man Made, Why So Few Women Are in Positions of Power. 

Awards were presented for eight categories: 

  • · The Top Employer Award for Career Progression, sponsored by A.T. Kearney Ltd, went to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The judges said the winner had shown evidence of an impressive range of initiatives to improve women’s career progression and highlighted in particular its Returning Talent programme, held annually for the last four years, which has helped those who have taken a career break get back to work. 
  • · The Top Employer Award for Innovation in Flexible Working went to Cafcass which had shown that necessity breeds invention and had transformed itself from an underperforming organisation to one which had earned an outstanding rating from Ofsted and doubled its productivity rate. 
  • · The Top Employer Award for Best for Dads, sponsored by IG Group, went to the London School of Economics and Political Science. The judges felt that the winner was continuing to pioneer and improve and that its research leave policy was outstanding in its sector. 
  • · The Top Employer Award for Talent Attraction, sponsored by CA Technologies, went to Barclays. The judges praised the winner’s genuine commitment to equality and diversity and highlighted how they were measuring bias and promoting job shares.
  • · Winner of the Top Employers Award for Family Support went to Centrica. The judges felt the winner provided a holistic approach to family support, including a commitment to carers and shared parenting and clearly recognised that family support was a win-win scenario for both the business and employees. 
  • · The Top Employer Award for SMEs with 1-25 employees, sponsored by Johnson Fleming, went to Cariad Marketing. The judges praised the winner for a strong entry which showed an environment that facilitated people working in different ways. They praised, in particular, its approach to apprenticeships, training and community engagement. 
  • · Top Employer Award for SMEs with over 26-250 employees, also sponsored by Johnson Fleming, went to iCrossing. The judges praised the winner’s commitment to flexible working, carers and career progression. 
  • · The Working Mums Champion Award went to Natasha Clarke from SThree PLC. The judges were highly impressed by the way she had led change for women in the recruitment industry both within her company and externally and for her work as a mentor and sponsor of women.

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