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SF Recruitment reaches finals in 3 categories for Working Families Best Practice Awards

By Fiona Frudd 19.05.2022
SF Recruitment reaches finals in 3 categories for Working Families Best Practice Awards

SF Recruitment has been named as a finalist in three categories:  Best for Flexible Working, Best for Flexible Recruitment, and Best Small Employer in the Working Families Best Practice Awards. The awards celebrate employers whose stand-out cultures and working practices are leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.  

Now in their thirteenth year, Working Families’ Best Practice Awards, showcase and celebrate employers who are offering flexibility for all their people and going above and beyond in their support for parents and carers.  

SF Recruitment has been shortlisted for Best for Flexible Working, Best for Flexible Recruitment, and Best Small Employer categories in the Working Families Best Practice Awards because of its fully-flexible agile working policy, industry leading Adoption, Maternity & Paternity policy and its levelled gender pay gap.

Saira Demmer CEO at SF Recruitment comments:
“We are strong believers in the power of personal autonomy to drive happiness at work and this is why flexibility has become a core component of our business model. For us flexibility isn’t just about working hours, although they are important. It’s about having the freedom to make your own decisions and to adapt the way you work when you need to. Its knowing that the business is prepared to flex for you not just the other way around. It’s been hugely successful for us, boosting staff productivity and improving retention. We’ve even seen our gender pay gap tilt slightly in favour of women this year as its giving working parents an easier route to success.”

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families said: 
“We're thrilled to have had so many impressive entries to select from this year. A massive congratulations to our finalists, who come from across the board but who are all leading the way in creating supportive working cultures and showing what successful flexible working can look like.”

“It's so encouraging that, as we emerge from the pandemic, so many employers are responding to the evidence that flexibility doesn't just work, it can work better. Our remarkable finalists are helping to highlight the benefits of family-friendly policies and cultures for everyone. They have found solutions that work both for the employees and the business, and are reaping the rewards of a more productive, more engaged workforce.”

Employers from a diverse range of sectors from across the UK have competed to catch the judges’ attention in ten categories. The shortlisted organisations are:  

 

Best for Mothers – sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada
Fragomen LLP
Macfarlanes LLP
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
 

Best for Fathers
British Army
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Wates Group
 

Best for Carers & Eldercare
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Phoenix Group
 

Best Family Network   
Bank of England
Santander
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield


Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing - sponsored by Investors in People
Arnold Clark
Northern Lighthouse Board
Santander
 

Best for Flexible Working
People Untapped
SF Recruitment
Telescope Group

Best for Flexible Recruitment
Hill Dickinson LLP
Slalom
SF Recruitment
 

Best Small Employer
SenseOn Tech
SF Recruitment
TPP Recruitment


Best for All Families – sponsored by Fastn
Santander
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Wates Group
 

Guest Award – Best for Supporting Fertility and Pathways to Parenthood – sponsored by Fertifa
Bank of England
British Army
NatWest Group

 

The winners will be announced at an awards event at Vintner’s Hall on 8 June 2022, with the official event partner Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions.

Fiona Frudd
Fiona Frudd Senior Marketing & Communications Executive