Linklaters enters UK Social Mobility Employer Index top 10
- Linklaters becomes the first and only magic circle firm in the UK Social Mobility Employer Index top 10
- The Social Mobility Index identifies the top 75 UK companies that have taken the most action to improve social mobility within the workplace
- Linklaters ranked ninth in recognition of the firm’s focus on its diversity and inclusion strategy
Linklaters has been named as one of the top 10 employers for social mobility in the UK by the Social Mobility Employer Index 2019. The firm is ranked 9th and is the first and only so-called magic circle firm to enter the top 10.
The Social Mobility Index, developed by the Social Mobility Foundation, identifies the top 50 UK employers that have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace to ensure they are recruiting and progressing talent from all backgrounds. Social mobility continues to be a key focus of Linklaters’ diversity and inclusion strategy which in this respect focuses on both the firm’s recruitment policy as well talent development at every level to help create a more inclusive culture.
Nathalie Hobbs, Regional Managing Partner, Asia and Linklaters’ Executive Champion for Social Mobility, said: “I am immensely proud of the work that has led to the firm being recognised as a leading employer by the Social Mobility Employer Index, but we all acknowledge that there is still much more to be done both within Linklaters and the wider legal profession. Whilst we can celebrate today, over the next year we will continue increase our efforts to create fair and equal opportunities for all within Team Linklaters.”
Highlights of the action taken by the firm to boost social mobility include:
- Employment skills-focused programmes, workshops and work experience placements for pupils at local schools in addition to residential programmes for high performing 16-18-year-olds and university-age pupils from all over the UK
- Mentoring opportunities for young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds with Linklaters employees
- Launching the Making Links Schools Challenge and Making Links Scholars programme
- The introduction of a new firmwide Social Mobility Network
- The launch of the Linklaters Virtual Internship programme which gives students in campuses across the UK a first step in developing the skills and understanding needed to be a successful lawyer