The Royal Air Force has been named the best employer for mothers in a national competition aimed at highlighting examples of flexible working.
Work-life balance charity Working Families said given the nature of the RAF’s work and the fact just 14.7% of employees are women, its retention rate for mothers a year after returning from maternity leave was "impressive" at 82%.
The charity cited that the Air Force's maternity leave includes 26 weeks on full pay, as well as pre and post-natal fitness sessions and that mothers can apply for flexible working.
Insurance company Aviva was named best employer for fathers by the charity.
While Nationwide Building Society was named best for carers and caring for the elderly.
Jane van Zyl, chief executive of Working Families, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world of work, bringing flexible working to the forefront.
“Now more than ever, it’s crucial that companies develop strategies and cultures that support flexible and family-friendly working, not only to support the people who need it most, but also to boost productivity, engagement, and resilience.
"The winners of these awards set a stellar example for businesses across the UK.”
Cover image: MOD.