Linklaters named Top 50 employer for social mobility
The top 50 UK employers that have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace are announced today in what is believed to be the world’s only Social Mobility Employer Index.
Research has consistently shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs and that employers tend to disproportionately employ graduates who went to private schools and a small number of universities.
Over 100 employers from 18 sectors, which collectively employ over one million people, entered the 2018 Index. Entrants included banks, law firms, Government departments, engineering firms, retail firms and technology companies.
Linklaters has been ranked 11th in the Index for the commendable work it has taken to tackle this and enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. Measures taken by the company to improve social mobility include the removal of rolling applications and opening up Winter, Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes to everyone from penultimate year undergraduate and postgraduate students and beyond.
"I am thrilled that, for the second year in a row, our efforts to increase the social diversity of the firm have been recognised in this way, but we acknowledge that there is still more to do. Over the next year I look forward to continuing the great work in the UK as well as defining our global approach.”
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.”
“Improving the UK’s social mobility record requires action by employers and the Index is creating a real momentum. Many leading businesses are showing real ambition in their approach to tackling the UK’s social mobility problem and it is important that firms continue to prioritise this area to help remove the barriers holding back the best and brightest in our society.
“Giving young people experience of the work environment and helping them gain skills can boost their career prospects and open up a wide pool of talent for businesses. Everyone has the right to a good career regardless of background and we must remove hurdles for young people who have the talent, but may lack the network of guidance, support and connections to get ahead. They are the future workforce which will make sure that the UK prospers in the long term.”
Sir Nick Clegg, Chairman of Social Mobility Foundation, said:
"I'm delighted that so many organisations chose to participate in the Social Mobility Index this year. Improving social mobility across society is a collective endeavour - with Government, schools, colleges, universities, families and businesses all pulling in the same direction.
This year's Index shows that there is a growing appetite for employers to play their part - I warmly congratulate all those who did so, and I hope they will be joined by more employers in next year's Index."
"There is a mood for change in the nation. As the Index shows, social mobility is becoming a cause for more and more of our country's top employers. It is welcome that they are stepping up to the plate. They are making these changes both because they see the social need to do so and because they recognise the business benefit that greater diversity can bring.”