A firm has been commended for its range of employee assistance programmes (EAPs), including job sharing and telecommuting, childcare subsidies and domestic partner benefits.

Xerox has been named by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of this year’s Top Companies for Executive Women.

Commenting on the award, president of NAFE Dr Betty Spence said: "Xerox continues to be an employer of choice for women.

"Particularly in the IT workplace, Xerox is leading by example with a strong ratio of women managers to total women employees and a dedication to creating a family-friendly environment with opportunities for advancement."

According to NAFE, the companies identified in the list have been evaluated on their advancement opportunities, compensation and work-life benefits for female members of staff.

They are also said to have a high percentage of women in senior leadership positions.

Formed in 1972, NAFE is a US-based organisation committed to the advancement of women in the workplace.