Accountancy firms were well represented in the UK Social Mobility Employer Index 2019

PwC was ranked first, just ahead of fellow Big Four members KPMG in second and Deloitte in sixth. Mid-tier firm Grant Thornton was ranked eighth while Mazars was in 14th position. 

The Index, created by the Social Mobility Foundation, ranks Britain’s employers on the actions they’re taking to ensure they are accessing and progressing talent from all class backgrounds. This year there were 125 employers from 18 sectors considered.

They were all assessed on a wide range of criteria including the work they do with young people, recruitment, data collection, internal and external advocacy, and more.

David Johnston OBE, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said, “Whilst no employer would say they have cracked their social mobility challenge, all of the employers in the top list – along with those that didn’t quite make it – should be congratulated for the efforts they’re making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all class backgrounds.”

Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Foundation, said, “Social mobility is becoming a cause for more and more of our country’s top employers. When politics is weak, society needs to be strong – so it is welcome a growing number of employers are stepping up to the plate. They recognise the need to open their doors to a wider pool of talent both to address growing public concerns about unfairness and to reap the business benefits from having more diverse workforces. The onus is now on all of our country’s top employers to do the same.”

HMRC was in 50th place and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 70th.

On being ranked number one, PwC UK chairman and senior partner Kevin Ellis, said, “ As a large employer, we have an opportunity to drive positive change for our people and the communities we work with across the country. Good progress has been made but there is still much more to be done.”

Economia- Raymond Doherty, 8 October 2019

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