Lewes-based service named in UK’s Top Ten

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A leading support service based in Lewes has been named alongside the some of the largest global businesses in a list of the UK’s Top Employers for Working Families.

Southdown provides supported employment and specialist support services to 8,000 disabled and vulnerable people living in Sussex.

Employing more than 900 people in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, Southdown features in a Top 10 list of the UK’s best employers that also includes American Express, Barclays, Ernst and Young and UBS.

Southdown’s staff satisfaction survey was carried out by an independent company and returns were anonymous. The overall satisfaction rate for staff at Southdown was 87 per cent and 93 per cent of staff are pleased with the flexibility offered at Southdown

The awards, founded by Working Families in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, recognise employers who support parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development.

HR Services Manager at Southdown, Janet Casserley, said: “To be named in a list that includes organisations that employ many thousands of staff across the UK and overseas is testament to the supportive culture, flexible working policies and diversity that characterises what Southdown is all about.

“We’ve known for a long time that people who are able to achieve a work life balance are the most engaged, productive and valuable members of any team. And this isn’t just about working mothers, it’s also working fathers and increasingly carers with adult or elderly dependants.”

Entrants complete a unique benchmark survey which examines flexible working policies and practices with the highest scoring featuring in the final list.

The full Top 10 list of Employers for Working Families is: American Express, Barclays, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG LLP, Royal Bank of Scotland, Southdown Housing Association, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UBS, Wales and West Housing.

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life organisation. The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.