Introducing Family Friendly Working Scotland

Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) supports and promotes the development of family friendly workplaces across Scotland. Our ambition is to make Scotland a beacon of excellence in family friendly working. We work with employers and support them to embed family friendly working practices, which bring huge benefits to both employees and business. FFWS is a collaborative partnership between Working FamiliesFathers Network ScotlandParenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. FFWS was established in 2014 with Scottish Government funding and support.




icon-quote“I am very aware of how lucky I am to have such caring managers and employer, hopefully in the future all workers in Scotland will be extended the same level of support.”

Latest research

'Time to rebalance'
– results paper

cover-rebalanceHow work life balance eludes working parents in Scotland.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in Scotland’s labour force. In the lead up to National Work Life Week 2016 Family Friendly Frendly Working Scotland asked over 600 parents in Scotland to tell us about their work life balance... Read more


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Recent news

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Scotland’s Most Family Friendly Employers Announced

Winners of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2017 were announced by Family Friendly Working Scotland in front of a 150 strong audience of business leaders on 9 March 2017, at a sparkling afternoon tea at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Keynote speakers at the event were Jackie Kay, Scots Makar and Bob Keiller, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise. The 2017 Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards were sponsored by Centrica, Maclay Murray and Spens LLP and Scottish Power. 


Need to boost workplace flexibility for the lower paid

A report by Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) suggests parents with low earnings are more likely to be in jobs which deny flexible working options.

Research found adults in the most affluent income bracket are 23 per cent more likely to have access to flexible hours than those in the worst-off 20 per cent.

Parents on higher incomes are also more than twice as likely to have access to paid time off when a child is ill than those on the lowest incomes, while those at the other end of the pay scale are more likely to call in sick themselves rather than say their child is ill.



Upcoming events

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7th Feb 2017 | 09.30 to 11.45 | Maclay Murray & Spens, 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1A

Excellence in Supporting Parents in the Workplace

Are working mothers and fathers in your organisation achieving equality?

How do employers support parents in their workforce to strike a satisfactory balance between work and care?

Offering parent-friendly perks doesn’t just benefit your employees and their families. Family friendly and flexible work arrangements also increases employee retention and helps to attract the best talent.

Discuss this and more at our free breakfast forum in Glasgow on Tuesday 7th February, kindly hosted by Maclay Muray & Spens.


Current campaigns

Flexible-Working-logo-rgb-300dpi-616x349Too few jobs are being advertised as suitable for flexible working and this is restricting the talent pool from which employers can recruit. Find out more...



Nearly a third of parents said that they would like to use less childcare and spend more time with their children



Work is eroding the time parents have to make healthy choices, such as having time to exercise or to cook properly



Employers benefit from retaining talent in both women and men when offering a family friendly working environment



41% of parents said that work life is becoming increasingly stressful


Source: MFI Scotland 2015