From Grant Thornton to Standard Life: Here are the UK employers making the most progress on social mobility

 
Rebecca Smith
Firms in the City are among those that feature in the index
Firms in the City are among those that feature in the index (Source: Getty)

Employers that are taking steps to improve social mobility in the workplace have been recognised in a new social mobility employer index.

Compiled by the Social Mobility Foundation, Social Mobility Commission and the City of London Corporation, the index has ranked firms on what they're doing to ensure they are open to both accessing and developing talent from all backgrounds.

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The top ten firms named in the list are Grant Thornton, KPMG, Skanska, Standard Life, Deloitte, JP Morgan, PwC, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Morrisons Supermarkets, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Nearly 100 employers across 17 sectors, submitted entries about their practices in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection and progression. All firms will receive a report with recommendations for areas of improvement.

Former Labour MP Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said:

The annual publication of this index aims to shine a light on how and where progress is being made. Employers that have employees at all levels from a rich variety of social backgrounds are better placed to meet the demands and uncertainties of today’s world.

Just under one in five firms now set social mobility targets as part of the business strategy, and while firms that submitted entries did well on reaching out to young people, collectively they scored lowest on helping those from lower socio-economic backgrounds progress at work.

David Johnston, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said of the companies: “While no one firm has cracked the issue and there is still progress to be made, they should be congratulated both for having prioritised social mobility and for being prepared to have their processes and practices independently scrutinised."

The social mobility employer index's top 50

1

Grant Thornton UK

2

KPMG UK

3

Skanska UK

4

Standard Life

5

Deloitte UK

6

J.P. Morgan

7

PwC

8

Berwin Leighton Paisner

9

WM Morrisons Supermarkets

10

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

11

Baker McKenzie

12

Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

13

Fujitsu

14

Ministry of Justice

15

Pinsent Masons

16

EY

17

Burges Salmon

18

Aspire Housing

19

Clifford Chance

20

Linklaters

21

Rolls Royce

22

Lloyds Banking Group

23

EDF Energy

24

O2

25

Herbert Smith Freehills

26

Hogan Lovells International

27

Simmons & Simmons

28

BBC

29

Eversheds Sutherland

30

Aberdeen Asset Management

31

Barts Health NHS Trust

32

Freeths

33

Barclays Bank Plc

34

National Grid plc

35

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

36

M&G Investments

37

HM Revenue & Customs

38

Severn Trent

39

Brodies

40

HM Treasury

41

Bank of England

42

CH2M

43

HFW

44

Ministry of Defence

45

Schroders

46

DLA Piper

47

FDM Group

48

Charles Russell Speechlys

49

Department for Education

50

Stephenson Harwood


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