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Deloitte remains top five employer for social mobility

11 July 2018

Deloitte has again been ranked fifth (out of 50) in the UK’s second-ever Social Mobility Employer Index. The Index – which ranks the UK’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds - is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and is published in partnership with its sponsors, the City of London Corporation. 

The Social Mobility Employer Index is a voluntary survey that assesses employers across seven areas, including the work they do with young people, their recruitment and selection processes and the way in which people from lower income backgrounds progress within their organisations. Over 100 employers from 18 sectors entered the 2018 Index. Entrants included banks, law firms, Government departments, engineering firms, retail firms and technology companies. Over 11,000 people also took part in a voluntary employee survey.

Deloitte has been praised for actions* it has taken towards improving social mobility in the workplace, including the implementation of contextualised recruitment in 2015. This approach uses an algorithm to flag candidates from a low socio-economic background who are "outperforming the norm" for their school or college. During the recruitment year 2016-2017, Deloitte UK hired 111 students who would not have passed the initial screening had this initiative not been implemented.

In 2016, the firm launched a five year social impact strategy to help improve the lives of one million people. One Million Futures sees the firm working with more than 45 charities, schools and social enterprises across the UK. By the end of the financial year for 2018, 320,000 futures had been impacted by this work.
Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent of Deloitte UK, said: “I am delighted to see that we have maintained our position in the Social Mobility Employer Index. At Deloitte we believe a person’s background shouldn’t dictate their future and we have been working hard to ensure that this is reflected in our approach to recruitment and development. This has included taking steps such as contextualisation and academic institution-blind recruitment which are showing results in our student intake. Beyond our own firm, we are helping to raise aspirations, improve skills and develop leaders through our One Million Futures social impact strategy.”

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 socioeconomic 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.”  


Notes to editors

Deloitte actions include:

  • Contextualised recruitment: our RARE recruitment tool uses an algorithm to flag candidates from a low socio-economic background who are "outperforming the norm" for their school or college, and adjusts the minimum requirements to enable them to pass through to the next stages of the process. This led to a total of 1,772 interventions, equating to approximately 5% of our applications. We are delighted that this resulted in us hiring 111 students who would not have passed the initial screening had we not implemented this initiative.
  • Deloitte has also introduced school and university-blind recruitment. Interviewers no longer have access to details of an applicant’s school or university until after an offer has been made.
  • Deloitte has also expanded the number of people it recruits through its BrightStart Business Apprenticeship Programme which now offers 285 places.
  • The Deloitte Aspire experience of work programme welcomed 245 participants to one weeks’ worth of work experience across six office locations: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Reading. All students attending are from state schools with lower socio-economic profiles who will have participated in our entrepreneurial business challenge Micro-Tyco or attend one of Deloitte’s Access Schools.
  • Deloitte Access is our collaboration with Teach First, through which we aim to raise aspiration, support achievement and provide opportunities for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Since its launch in September 2013, Deloitte Access has provided support to over 10,000 students in partner schools through mentoring, employability workshops, enterprise challenges and other interventions tailored to the needs of those participating.

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The Social Mobility Foundation
The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. 

It runs free of charge programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support (including trips to universities and help with personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews) and career and skills workshops to support young people through their sixth form and university years.
Currently taking on a new cohort of over 1600 young people every year, the SMF has offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle and runs residential programmes for young people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles of Scotland across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology).

The City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

  • We employ over 100 apprentices in a diverse range of jobs across the capital, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy • We sponsor or co-sponsor 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement.
  • We are sponsoring the Social Mobility Employers’ Index to encourage businesses to increase the socio-economic diversity of their workforce
  • We support SMEs to make use of the apprenticeship levy to increase diversity and support businesses to access skills
  • We deliver a Leaders of Tomorrow programme for future City business leaders to enable them to respond to the social, economic, political, technological challenges that are impacting on trust in business
  • We celebrate businesses that are tackling social issues through the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
  • We fund Heart of the City a responsible business network to support SMEs to put the foundations of responsible business practice in place
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