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Deloitte is a top five employer for social mobility

21 June 2017

Deloitte has today been ranked fifth in the Top 50 employers in the UK’s first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index*. The Index is a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and Social Mobility Commission, in partnership with the City of London Corporation, and showcases progress towards improving social mobility in the workplace.

Deloitte has been praised for the actions it is taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds. For example, Deloitte was the largest firm to adopt contextualised recruitment, enabling the firm to make more informed choices about candidates by considering the context in which their achievements have been gained and to look for potential.

The firm has recently launched a five year social impact strategy to help improve the lives of one million people. One Million Futures will see the firm work with more than 45 charities, schools and social enterprises across the UK to invest in a range of programmes that seek to raise aspirations, improve skills and develop leaders. This will include supporting 27 education and employability charities and social enterprises across the UK through Deloitte’s Society Partners programme.**

Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent of Deloitte UK & Deloitte North West Europe added: “We are thrilled to be recognised in the Social Mobility Employer Index. We strongly believe a person’s background shouldn’t dictate their future. At Deloitte, we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse and reflects the make-up of today’s society and have taken various steps to make this happen. We want to show that everyone can thrive, develop and succeed in our firm based on their talent and their potential.”

The Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, added: “Social mobility is hugely important if the UK is to become more productive and make the most of its talent. But research has shown that people from working class backgrounds – even if they are high educational attainers – are less likely to secure professional jobs because they have less access to the networks and knowledge to navigate the system.

“The Top 50 firms are paving the way by changing their workforce strategies to ensure they get don’t lose out on talented people from less privileged backgrounds. We want the index to herald a step change towards improving social mobility by encouraging many more employers to compete to recruit, and keep, the best and brightest candidates – regardless of background.”


Notes to editors

*Social Mobility Employer Index
It ranks Britain’s employers for the first time on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds and showcases progress towards improving social mobility in the workplace.

The aim of the Index is to encourage firms to share their initiatives and progress in becoming more inclusive employers and to reveal which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.

** Other Deloitte measures include:

  • 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. 
  • It has also expanded the number of people it recruits through Deloitte’s BrightStart Business Apprenticeship Programme and it now offers 285 places.
  • Deloitte Aspire: between 12 June and 21 July 2017, 262 year 12s and 13s will be welcomed for 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 low socio-economic profiles who will have participated in our entrepreneurial business challenge Micro-Tyco, or, who attend one of Deloitte’s Access Schools. 
  • Deloitte Access, in collaboration with Teach First, we aim to raise aspiration, support achievement and provide opportunities for students in low-income communities. 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 the participating schools.

The Social Mobility Employer Index
Firms from 17 sectors, who collectively employ just under one million people, submitted entries about their practices and procedures in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection and progression. The final rankings were decided by a respected panel of experts and all firms will receive a report with recommendations for areas for improvement.

Deloitte’s success in the Index will be announced today at a launch event at the City of London and in a supplement in The Times newspaper.

The Index questionnaire has been developed in consultation with, and following feedback from social mobility experts and major employers. Categories include:

  • working with young people - well-evaluated programmes that reach beyond the doorstep of the office to all of the country’s talent, and which provide routes into the employer/profession for those that have the interest and aptitude
  • routes into work - well-structured non-graduate routes that provide genuine parity of esteem and comparable progression to graduate ones
  • attraction - innovative ways of reaching beyond graduates of the usual five to ten universities many top employers focus their efforts on
  • recruitment and selection - evidence that the employer removes hurdles that will disproportionately affect those from lower socio-economic groups and is moving to a system that judges potential rather than past academic performance or polish
  • data collection - rigorous analysis of the profile of the workforce and of measures taken to improve its diversity
  • progression - effective strategies that help those from lower socio-economic groups get on rather than just get in
  • internal/external advocacy - action to get more of their staff involved in efforts to improve social mobility and to get suppliers/peer firms to also take action

For further information about the Index, please visit

The City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is dedicated to a thriving global City supporting a strong and diverse London within a prospering nation.

It boosts young people’s skills and employability through its partnership with City institutions to tackle youth unemployment including through apprenticeships, mentoring, paid work placements schemes and responsible procurement.

The City Corporation has created ‘The City’s Business’ - a guide which highlights the vital role that City firms can play in reducing youth unemployment in London, and it has pledged to employ 100 apprentices by the end of 2017/18.

The City of London Business Traineeship programme, run on behalf of the City of London Corporation, helps state school students from the City’s neighbouring boroughs to develop the skills needed for a successful career. Through the award-winning programme, students can access 6-13 week paid internships at some of the City’s most prestigious businesses and institutes. Since the programme launched in 1994, over 1,500 young people have benefited from paid internships with more than 100 of the Square Mile’s top employers providing placements.

The City Corporation provides state education through its sponsorship of academies across Hackney, Islington and Southwark, where 77% of students achieved 5A*-C grades in subjects including English and mathematics.

It supports London’s communities through responsible business, charitable giving, improving the capital’s air quality, providing education and skills for young people and delivering affordable housing across seven London boroughs - and it is building another 3,700 homes across London by 2025.

The City Corporation encourages businesses to support their communities, their workforce and the environment, through the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, the Sustainable City Awards and Heart of the City.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 7,600 grants totalling over £350 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

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

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