Pearson Education chosen as one of 100 best companies for working mothers by Working Mother magazine

Cited for Work Life Benefits for Fourth Consecutive Year

Upper Saddle River, NJ - For the fourth consecutive year, Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher (NYSE: PSO), was named today to Working Mother magazine's prestigious list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." This annual list cites corporations that recognize the value of meeting the needs of working families.

Companies are judged on the number of work/life programs they offer, the employee usage of these programs and the representation of women throughout the company. This year, Working Mother gave particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, because it is essential for working mothers; advancement of women, because it is critical for women in the workplace; and child-care options, because without them, parents can't work.

Pearson Education meets these criteria with a wide array of programs, including working arrangements that provide for telecommuting from one to five days per week, job sharing, flex-time and a compressed summer work week. The company provides emergency back-up child care and, for prospective adoptive parents, up to $3,000 in adoption financial aid as well as help through the often frustrating tangle of adoption agency rules and requirements. 

When compared to many other U.S. companies Pearson Education also competes strongly in advancing women through its ranks.  Women comprise approximately 60 percent of Pearson Education's workforce while the majority of its first-line managers are women.

"We understand that in order for our employees to be effective in their jobs, we must provide Work Life programs that will help them navigate their work and personal lives," said Angela Schwers, Vice President of Human Resources at Pearson Education.

Pearson Education also offers paid leave to care for a seriously ill family member or new child, a benefit still rarely seen among most American companies

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Addison Wesley, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.

Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

Further information

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