Deloitte publishes socio-economic and education data in drive to improve transparency on social mobility
7 March 2016
Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has become one of the largest UK employers to publish data on the socio-economic and educational background of its partners and employees. The move marks the latest in a series of measures introduced by the firm to help eliminate barriers to social mobility.
The data is taken from a sample of more than 1,000 of Deloitte UK’s partners and employees, representative by grade. It shows that 43% of Deloitte people attended a non-selective state school, 16% an academically selective grammar school and 20% an independent school. The remaining 21% of the sample either attended a school outside of the UK or chose not to disclose. 51% were the first in their family to go to university, while 9% received free school meals.
Deloitte, one of the government’s Social Mobility Business Compact Champions, will use this data to help evaluate the impact of recently introduced changes to its recruitment processes and to inform an ongoing strategy to address this issue.
David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said: “This marks another important step towards ensuring a career at Deloitte is open to all. We want to show that everyone can thrive, develop and succeed in our firm but realise that a perception exists among some that the professional and financial services sectors are a ‘closed-shop’. This view is not helped by the lack of information available. We hope that by publishing this data we can go some way to dispelling this myth, whilst also recognising that we have a lot of work to do before we truly reflect the clients and communities we serve.”
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte UK, added: “Later this year, we will extend the sample of our data to improve the accuracy and transparency in our reporting. We are also encouraging our people to tell us of their own experiences of social mobility and any challenges they have faced along the way. Finally, we urge other businesses to join us in publishing this data to remove barriers to progress.”
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Joining forces with leading firms, we are working to ensure that everyone has a fair chance and is judged on their merits. I want to thank Deloitte, and the Government’s other Social Mobility Champions, who are providing real leadership in this important area.”
Last September, Deloitte announced the adoption of contextualised academic data, a system which provides our recruiters with a range of data on candidates economic and educational background and allows us to recruit based on future potential and not past circumstance. The firm also announced the introduction of school and university-blind interviews, a commitment to adopt name-blind recruitment, and a doubling in size of its BrightStart Business Apprenticeship Scheme, creating an additional 100 jobs for school leavers.
In November, the firm made a further announcement that it would be using video gaming technology in the BrightStart recruitment process to help identify people who may not typically stand out through a traditional recruitment process. If successful, the technology will be rolled out across all entry-level recruitment.
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