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Deloitte named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women

29 April 2021

Deloitte, the professional services firm, has today been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021 list, which is published in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. This is the sixth consecutive year Deloitte has been recognised by BITC as one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK.

Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said: “The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is one of the UK’s most highly profiled and well-established listing of employers leading the way on workplace gender equality.

“Gender equality is critical to our business as we continue to ensure that women can succeed and thrive in our firm. Through our gender balance action plan, we’re prioritising the recruitment, development and retention of women at all levels of our organisation.

But clearly there is much more to do and I’m personally committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where there is opportunity for everyone. Quite simply, our firm should reflect the clients we serve and the society we live in.”

Miriam Earley, director for Inclusion and Wellbeing at Deloitte UK, said: “Deloitte has 24% female partners, with a target of 40% female partners by June 2030. We have had a marked increase in the number of women being promoted to director, from 34% in 2019 to 42% in 2020. We know there’s lots still to do, but this award recognises the progress we’re making together.

“We have put in place various interventions and policies to support gender balance. These include increasing non-birthing parent leave and pay, refreshing our approach to the Gender Balance Network and ensuring all our recruitment and reward processes are objective and working to remove bias.”

Charlotte Woodworth, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.

“We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period. This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like Deloitte haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”


Notes to editors

  • We embrace diversity, ensuring “conscious inclusion” within our succession, progression and promotion approaches to eliminate bias and ensure equality of opportunity at all levels.
  • We offer additional targeted developmental support (including sponsorship and workshops) to high potential individuals. We review future promotions through both gender and ethnicity lenses to eliminate bias and track and monitor progress against our inclusion goals.
  • Recruiters and hiring managers are trained on bias and inclusion. We also outline expectations of key suppliers regarding diversity and inclusion.
  • We’ve increased the number of female interviewers and increased female representation at student events. We run specific events to attract women, for example our Women in Tech Network work with schools and universities to attract more women to technology careers.
  • We offer Return to Work opportunities for those that have been out of the workplace for more than two years. This includes our year-round supported hiring route. 94% of returners have been female, the majority being a parent or carer.

About Business in the Community and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women
Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. It was created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business. It inspires, engages and challenges members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:   

  • Develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow; 
  • Build thriving communities where people want to live and work; 
  • Innovate to sustain and repair our planet. 

Each year, Business in The Community invites companies with a presence in the UK to apply for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women by detailing what they are doing to work towards gender equality in their organisation. The list is selected by gender equality experts at Business in the Community through a competitive and robust application process. The list is published by The Times. It is unranked and in alphabetical order.

About Deloitte
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NSE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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