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.”

National Work Life Week



Upcoming events

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Date: 6th October 2016

Time: 09:00am (registration from 08.15am) to 13.00pm

Venue: DWF LLP, 110 Queen St, Glasgow G1 3HD


Join us to discuss the many different aspects of family friendly working and the benefits they bring, practical ideas for how employers can take this forward in their organisations, how the different policies work in practice and how Family Friendly Working Scotland can help you implement flexible hiring in your own organisation. There will also be a panel featuring some of Scotland’s Top Employers answering questions.


Recent news

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Retaining female (and all) talent at the top


Last week the headlines were full of the so-called ‘mummy tax’ and news that women in the UK who return to work after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) tells us that Scotland is one of the worst culprits in the UK, with the gender pay gap standing at 29.2%. I can also tell you that the estimated costs of under-utilising women’s skills is estimated to be between 15 and 23 billion pounds or 1.3 to 2.0 per cent of GDP (CIPD).


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Find research articles from FFWS and our partner organisations in our research page.

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