Atkins, Deloitte and The Berkeley Partnership top employers for working mums

11 October 2018 Consultancy.uk

A jobs website for working mothers in Britain has released a list of top employers for working mums. Around 20 organisations have been lauded for the flourishing programmes they have aimed at supporting those who have taken a career break back into work, with Deloitte, Atkins and London-based consultancy The Berkeley Partnership the leaders from the consulting industry.

Workingmums.co.uk was founded by senior communications manager Gillian Nissim in 2006 after the birth of her second child. She found herself and many of her friends in a similar position, needing flexible yet challenging work, but not being able to find it. Since then, the employment site has boomed to host a database of over 320,000 candidates and works with thousands of employers from large corporates to micro companies.

While things have progressed in terms of flexible working, particularly in the consulting sector, with firms increasingly leveraging returnships and work-from-home schemes to enable women to balance their careers with starting a family, many women still face major hurdles in this regard. Inflexible UK employers see working mothers lose £1.3 trillion in earnings annually. 54% of respondents to a recent survey had left or changed jobs because of family commitments – often wasting their previous educational achievements as a result. 75% of the women surveyed had been to university, and around one third of these said a degree qualification had in no way applied to the job they obtained since becoming mothers.

In this environment, Workingmums.co.uk shortlists UK companies for its Top Employer Awards, in order to highlight leaders in the field, and point others toward their best practices. The annual awards see a jury praising firms for being the most progressive UK employers in their flexible working practices, particularly for working parents. This year, the nominations saw three consulting firms commended for their role in accommodating working mothers.

Atkins, Deloitte and The Berkeley Partnership

In a new category for 2018, the firm found to be ‘Best for Returners’ will be recognised for its stand-out programmes or initiatives aimed at returners – those who have taken a career break and are looking to get back into the workplace. The award itself is backed by the Government Equalities Office, and saw Deloitte, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, FDM Group and Lloyds Banking Group shortlisted. Deloitte was also recently named a top employer for social mobility in the UK.

The SME Award is a prize for small companies who demonstrate a real commitment to work-life balance practices which specifically help working parents, such as flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development for women. The award sees London-headquartered firm The Berkeley Partnership go up against BetterPoints, Cuttsy + Cuttsy, Parental Choice, MUTU System Limited, Radioactive PR, Currency UK, Known Four, Blueprint and The Chartered Insurance Institute for the gong. Founded in 1990, The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy, which works with clients to develop strategies and transform their business.

The award for Innovation in Flexible Working is handed to an employer which demonstrates specific policies and practices related to flexible working which are truly innovative and break new ground, whether that be in a particular industry or in general. This year, engineering consultancy Atkins has been nominated alongside the Civil Service Human Resources division. Atkins, which was acquired by Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin Group in 2017, offers staff a variety of innovative employment variants, including part-time working, job sharing, mobile working/teleworking, phased retirement and home working, for employees who wish to change their pattern of working hours to concentrate on a particular piece of work or when they need to balance domestic and work commitments.

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Six attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firms dominate the 25 companies named by LinkedIn as the most attractive organisations to work for in Britain. JLL, Engie, CBRE, Atkins, Schroders and GE each made the grade, with the professional services sector putting in the strongest showing of any industry in the UK.

Each year, the editors and data scientists of social business platform LinkedIn examine which firms are the most attractive to job seekers, as well as which are the best at retaining their talent. Utilising information gathered from billions of actions taken by more than 433 million members, LinkedIn leverages a data-driven approach to consider what members are doing – not just saying – in their search for fulfilling careers. The result is the Top Companies list, an annual ranking of the most sought-after companies – now in its fifth year.

Each of the previous incarnations of the list has seen a strong showing from the UK consulting industry, with its contingent including McKinsey & Company, EYBoston Consultancy Group and Accenture in 2018. This year has seen the sector continue to see its stock rise, with the diversity of the sector’s workload buoying six professional services firms which were not on the previous ranking to prominence.

Analysing the anonymised actions of British-based LinkedIn members, the company determined which firms were the most attractive through four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. As a result of this, real estate professional services firm JLL was found to be the most attractive consulting firm to LinkedIn members in the UK.

Six most attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

Ranked sixth in the overall list of companies, 2018 saw the commercial real estate services consultancy expand its London-based Ratings practice in anticipation of growing demand for real estate valuations in the UK. JLL, which boasts a global headcount of 82,000, holds UK locations in London, Norwich and Manchester, and the firm was recently named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 12th year in a row by The Ethisphere Institute. 

Sitting 10th in LinkedIn’s ranking, Engie is a French multinational professional services firm, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie. While the firm primarily operates in utilities – specifically in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum – its investment in cleaner tech has also seen it come to offer a host of engineering consulting services, including feasibility studies, engineering, project management and client support. The firm’s 19,000 UK staff work from offices in London, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

With a global headcount of 90,000, CBRE, which was ranked 13th by LinkedIn, is a real estate advisory firm, with UK offices in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. The firm oversaw the sale of a number of major locations over the course of 2018, including a key residential site in North Leigh, and an office belonging to the British Steel Pension Fund.

Atkins, which was listed 23rd, is a British professional services firm which was purchased by the SNC-Lavalin Group for £2.1 billion in 2017. With 7,300 employees in the UK, Atkins operates from locations in London, Bristol, Kingston-upon-Thames, and offers services in engineering, operations, programme and project management. Late in 2018, the firm was named one of the top employers in the UK for working mothers, receiving plaudits for its innovation in flexible working from Workingmums.co.uk.

Schroders, a global asset management firm with UK offices in London, Bromley, Chelmsford, ranked 24th. Asset management is a fast-expanding segment of consulting, and according to LinkedIn, 43% of the professional services firm’s staff have been at the company for at least six years, while nearly a third of UK roles were filled with internal candidates in 2017. Schroders boasts a global headcount of 4,600.

Finally, multifaceted professional services firm GE was ranked 25th. The engineering, operations, information technology and advisory firm has its hand in everything from energy to health care – where it was recently nominated for a prize at the 2019 Management Consultancies Association Awards. The long-standing conglomerate said 2019 is set to be a “reset year”, while it seeks to revamp its power-related businesses at the same time that it builds on strong growth within the aviation scene.

Other sectors

Elsewhere, the financial services industry saw a high level of representation in LinkedIn’s ranking. JP Morgan was listed in second place, while Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Aviva also made the grade. This represents a decline of one listing since 2018’s figures, perhaps reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s financial sector, amid the continued twists and turns of the Brexit saga.

Retail saw a slight rebound on its decimation in last year’s ranking. Having seemingly fallen out of favour in 2018, Sainsbury’s returned this year, sitting in third place. It was joined in the top 25 by fellow ‘Big Four’ supermarket Asda – though the news that some 60,000 Asda staff could be in line to lose their paid lunch breaks under new contracts could well see the company drop off the list in 2020. Marks & Spencer also made the list. The historically up-market supermarket now runs a work-placement programme called Marks & Start, which helps single parents, people with disabilities and the homeless to build careers within the company.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals saw three entrants in the list too. Britain’s 50 fastest-growing privately-owned pharmaceutical companies have all increased sales by at least 10% in each of their last two financial years, facing down headwinds such as Brexit and NHS spending pressures to deliver rapid growth. GSK represented the pharmaceutical sector in fourth place, while Bupa and Johnson & Johnson stood for the healthcare and hospital industry in fifth and 16th respectively.

While the technology sector ultimately hosted the ranking’s top performer, Amazon, the only other sector incumbent was Google parent company Alphabet, in 19th. Salesforce and Dell Technologies, meanwhile, dropped off the ranking, having both been present in 2018.

The oil and energy sector’s representation is supplemented by hybrid firm Engie; however, the sector only fielded two pure-play members. BP, in eighth, and Shell, in 11th, have both spent time attempting to diversify in recent years, prompted by public image crises relating to the negative impact of fossil fuels on the planet, as well declining oil prices and the rising demand for renewable energy. These dynamics have, in turn, led to new skills coming into demand within the companies. 

Finally, the list was rounded off by singular representatives of five separate industries. Representing leisure in 12th was TUI, followed by food producer Associated British Foods (17th), building materials firm Travis Perkins (20th), telecommunications giant BT (21st) and utilities firm Centrica (22nd).