The top UK companies for social mobility revealed

On 8 October 2019, the Social Mobility Foundation released their ranking of the top 75 UK companies to take action on social mobility in the workplace.

Research has shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs, and that companies disproportionately employ those who went to private schools. It is hoped that the Social Mobility Employer Index 2019 encourages more firms to take social mobility seriously, by ranking employers on the actions they are taking to progress talent from all backgrounds, and sharing best practice. Since launching in 2017, 172 employers – representing 1.5 million UK employees – have taken part. This year’s index included 23 new employers, including MI6 – the first time an intelligence agency has entered the list. Eighteen different sectors were included in the index, including banking, law, insurance and engineering.

PwC was ranked top of the index this year for the work it has done to enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. Measures taken by the firm include, increasing the variety of entrance routes for people of all backgrounds, engaging with a wide range of schools and universities and providing employment and schools outreach in Bradford - a government-identified social mobility Opportunity Area.  

Other findings from this year’s research include:

  • 85% of employers feel their clients want them to be diverse in terms of socio-economic background.
  • 51% of employers ask their new employees whether their parents went to university and nearly 40% ask whether or you were eligible for Free School Meals.

The top 10 Social Mobility Index employers are listed below. For the full list, click here.

  1. PwC
  3. Severn Trent
  4. JLL
  5. Baker McKenzie
  6. Deloitte
  7. Ministry of Justice
  8. Grant Thornton
  9. Linklaters LLP
  10. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner