Accountancy firms dominate social mobility top 10

Social mobility
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

23 July 2018

Accountancy firms make up five of the top 10 UK employers for social mobility in 2018, according to rankings published by the Social Mobility Foundation.

The Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index 2018 annual report is produced in partnership with the City of London Corporation and asks employers and employees to detail the actions their organisations are taking to promote open inclusion in hiring practices.

Over 100 employers put themselves forward this year, representing more than a million workers in 18 sectors, including banks, law firms, retail, technology and government.

David Johnston, Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said: “We have been very impressed by the efforts employers are making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all backgrounds.

“We can really see organisations taking a whole host of actions to try and ensure that they have a diverse workforce in terms of socio-economic background as well as in terms of gender and race; they in turn are benefitting from accessing a much wider talent pool than they have traditionally recruited from. All entrants should be praised for broadening their approach.”

Social Mobility Employer Index 2018: Top 10

  2. Grant Thornton UK
  3. Ministry of Justice
  4. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  5. Deloitte UK
  6. PwC
  7. EY
  8. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  9. Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent
  10. Baker McKenzie

Commenting on the study, ICAS CEO Bruce Cartwright CA said: “It is hugely encouraging to see the efforts our profession’s biggest employers are making towards social mobility.

“ICAS is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the CA community and this report from the Social Mobility Foundation is an important indicator of progress. We applaud the demonstrable contribution of these firms and hope their momentum continues.”

KPMG, EY, Deloitte and Grant Thornton were among a number of businesses to support a government initiative to establish a standardised socio-economic diversity measurement in 2016.


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